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Though It Would be in Short Period, Palm Oil – Paddy Gogo Integrated Program Could Produce 1 Million Hectares, If..

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Though It Would be in Short Period, Palm Oil – Paddy Gogo Integrated Program Could Produce 1 Million Hectares, If..

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Chairman of Rumah Sawit Indonesia (RSI), Kacuk Sumarto said palm oil – paddy gogo integrated program needs paddy fields where the rain intensively falls down. This would be fixed with palm oil plantations namely in SRP until the trees are about three years old

For the first year, if it was not let in the first place, about 70% of the areas can be planted. The next two years would be 50% and 30%. This decreasing numbers happened because the crown of palm oil would get longer and the areas to plant (paddy gogo) would get narrower.

If SRP keeps running consistently in national scale, which palm oil plantations laid on about 16,3 million hectares, the available areas to plant (paddy gogo) would be about 1 million hectares in every year.

“It just calculates the result with the productivity in one year from the seeds,” he recently said to InfoSAWIT.

The program is technically believed to run well by selecting the areas that are not in flood or disturbing the reservoirs which are used to palm oil plantations. But it only depends on the owners’ will and the buyers from the harvests of the program within normal or profitable price,” Kacuk said.

He continued it needs to wisely consider that do not let it disturb the main tree both in paddy cultivation and its fertilization. Each commodity should get available fertilizers as it needs.

It is acknowledged or not, it seems there would be issues in the program, for instance, the first, superior seeds availability and herbicides that should be affordable, the training in cultivation and post-harvest.

The second, there should be off taker that would purchase (paddy harvest) in normal and profitable price. The third, the policy published by regional government to publish special permit to implement the program (or other economic activities).

The fourth, technical development for planters in order that their plantations would not have something negative with the program (or other economic activities) but maximally deliver advantages.

Kacuk firmly said, his organization really supports the program because in national scale, it would escalate plantation productivity itself (without having or getting new planting) and this would be part of realizing food security nationally.

Kesatria was tested in plasma smallholders’ areas of PT. Paya Pinang in Sub district of Pegajahan, Regency of Serdang Bedagai, North Sumatera Province within corn as the intercrop and it was in cooperation with PT. Cortiva.

It was supported by General Directorate of Plantation, PFMA, PT. Socfin Indonesia, PPKS (Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit) and PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) 3 on August 2023.  (T2)

Source: Majalah InfoSAWIT, May 2024