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Hundreds of Smallholders Joined SRP Socialization and Technical Development in Medan

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Hundreds of Smallholders Joined SRP Socialization and Technical Development in Medan

InfoSAWIT, MEDAN – Hundreds of smallholders from North Sumatera and Aceh Province joined socialization and technical development to implement smallholders replanting program (SRP) within partnership system. The event was in Medan, North Sumatera Province that Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Perusahaan Inti Rakyat (Aspekpir) conducted in cooperation with Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA), PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) IV PalmCo, and supported by North Sumatera Province.

Proposing the theme “Pola Kemitraan Menuju Peningkatan Produktivitas Kelapa Sawit Rakyat Berkelanjutan”, the meeting presented some speakers that discussed about partnership and SRP implementation in Indonesia.

Chairman of Aspekpir Indonesia, Setiyono said that the goal of the event would be about to inform plasma smallholders, coordinators of koperasi unit desa (KUD), and other smallholders’ organizations in the two provinces about SRP implementation, the issues, and the acceleration to get SRP.

“SRP should run well with the full supports from the government and would positively deliver impacts for the smallholders’ welfare,” he said, as InfoSAWIT quoted from Bisnistoday, Saturday (22/6/2024).

He also mentioned that this would be the way to escalate the smallholders’ welfare through partnership program. SRP would be important part from palm oil industrial long history in Indonesia. It started since the era of President Soeharto and keeps developing until now.

Director of Institutional Relationship, PTPN IV PalmCo, Irwan Paranginangin said that the company would be committed to implement SRP through partnership that would cover 60 thousand hectares by involving 120 thousand plasma smallholders. “The program would be existing in every operational of PTPN Group, such as Sumatera, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi," he said.

Paranginangin continued, PTPN Group always puts SRP as the long term – plan of the company because it would be a significant program to support sustainable industries and recover the economy nationally.

Director of Fund Raising PFMA, Sunari said that 42% of palm oil plantations in Indonesia belong to the independent smallholders. Sumatera and Kalimantan have the widest plantations. Of the total palm oil plantation canopy, 2,4 million hectares should be in SRP.

"It needs strategies to escalate palm oil performance, including improving its supply chain, providing information, having data consolidation about area, production, and expanding the exports,” he said.

Sunari also emphasized palm oil industries face many challenges from the upstream to downstream sector. The government should do the best to escalate the sustainability of the industry by delivering programs in PFMA. (T2)