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SPKS: Accelerate ISPO Certification Fund from PFMA for Independent Smallholders

Doc. of InfoSAWIT/Chairman of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Sabarudin.
SPKS: Accelerate ISPO Certification Fund from PFMA for Independent Smallholders

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The government’s policy to develop sustainable palm oil plantation or known as Indonesian Palm Oil Association (ISPO) has been published since 2013 through the Regulation of Minister of Agriculture (RMA) Number 19 / 2011 about Sustainable Palm Oil Plantation Guidelines. The regulation, as part of the 1945 Constitutional mandate, should realize sustainable development nationally in palm oil plantation sectors.

ISPO keeps developing. It was revised for some time. In 2015 it was revised to be RMA Number 15 / 2015 about Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Certification System/ISPO). In 2020, the government revised it to reinforce ISPO through President’s Regulation Number 44 / 2020 about ISPO Certification System and RMA Number 38 / 2020 about the Implementation of ISPO. The last revision decided/regulated that ISPO certification would be mandatory for every planter, including the smallholders in 2025.

That is why, Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) encouraged the smallholders should get ISPO certification.

Chairman SPKS, Sabarudin thought the success of sustainable palm oil plantation development in Indonesia would depend on the smallholders.

“The smallholders would fully support ISPO certification as mandatory and as part of our cultivation,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Sunday (16/6/2024).

The successful plantation cultivation by the smallholders would derive from the implementation of sustainable principles and criteria that would escalate the harvest productivity. That is why SPKS hoped the plantation agencies and regional governments should accelerate ISPO certification for the smallholders.

Since 2013, ISPO certification process just reached o,3% for the smallholders. The realization was very low while pre – condition made sure that every planter should be ready, namely the smallholders to realize ISPO as mandatory one. It has been realized since 2019 through Rencana Aksi Nasional Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan (RAN KSB) until 2024. RAN KSB delivered mandates for the regional and central governments to conduct series of palm oil governance improvement by delivering service of action plan programs and funded by national budget, regional budget, and multi-party cooperation.

The fund in ISPO certification should get the support from regional governments through palm oil profit sharing that would be got in every year. “The regional governments should allocate palm oil profit sharing to fund ISPO certificate for smallholders,” he said.

It is clear, ISPO certificate for smallholders would help escalate their welfare in the future. Besides, multi-party cooperation, namely from Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency would be the need for the smallholders to prepare their plantations and get infrastructures.

“PFMA should support the fund in ISPO certificate process for the smallholders. They have to prepare their plantations, get infrastructures. They still need fund,” he said.

If the sources of fund, such as, from palm oil profit sharing, from PFMA, would be in synergy to accelerate ISPO certification for the smallholdes, ISPO certification would be better in the future. In addition, it is approved to be committed on realizing ISPO certification in RAN – KSB which becomes part of the commitment of Indonesia.

“The fund from PFMA for smallholders would be the commitment of the government to support smallholders’ existence in Indonesia,” Sabarudin said. (T1)