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Time for Smallholders to Understand INS 8211:2015: To Escalate their Production

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Time for Smallholders to Understand INS 8211:2015: To Escalate their Production

InfoSAWIT, JAMBI - Balai Penerapan Standar Instrumen Pertanian (BPSIP) Jambi Province encouraged smallholders to understand that Indonesian National Standard (INS) would be important that has been regulated in the Government’s Regulation Number 102 / 2000 about National Standardization, namely about palm oil seeds.

First Expert Agricultural Counselor of BPSIP Jambi, Fahri Novaldi said that INS is the standards that is regulated by National Standardization Agency (NSA) and it would be the obligation in national scale. The technical specifications were established by the stakeholders’ consensus, such as, the governments, producers, consumers, and experts. INS 8211:2015 is the standards about palm oil seeds that cover terms and condition in seed production quality, sprout, technical packaging, seeds growth, and after sale – services.

Fahri also said INS in palm oil seeds was formulated to escalate quality assurance of palm oil seeds themselves. The sprout is the seed that could be traded and would have something to do with palm oil plantation productivity. “That is why it close needs terms and conditions to produce qualified sprout,” he said, as InfoSAWIT quoted from the official page of BPSIP Jambi, Thursday (27/6/2024).

Why is INS 8211:2015 implementation very significant? Palm oil industries in Jambi Province are one main economic sector in the province. Based on the 2023 agricultural census, there were more than 271 thousand units of personal business that operate palm oil. But the smallholders’ plantation productivity is lower than the private one.

The 2020 Plantation Statistic Data by Ministry of Agriculture showed the smallholders’ plantation productivity just reached 3,429 tons/hectare (ha), or less than the national scale – average that reached 3,89 tons/ha, while the government and private plantations’ productivity could reach 4,4 tons/ha and 4,2 tons/ha.

One main factor for the smallholders’ issue is the planting of unqualified seeds or not in INS 8211:2015. The factors that influenced it could be, their knowledge about certified palm oil seeds was not much, they have limited access to the markets, and fake seed trade by unresponsible persons.

Superior seeds are the certified ones through INS. The NSA published INS 8211:2015 about palm oil seeds. Besides seeds, the smallholders’ plantation low productivity might happen for the lack of nursery, fertilization, and pest weed control that should be adjustable with standard operating procedures.

“I just want to inform the smallholders that it would be important to always learn and escalate the seeds quality to be planted, always update with the latest technology and insight about palm oil plantations,” Fahri said. (T2)