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Independent Smallholders in Aceh: Support the President to Firmly Sue Palm Oil Violation

Doc. of InfoSAWIT/Coordinator of SPKS Aceh Province, Abubakar AR (left) and independent smallholders in Aceh Province.
Independent Smallholders in Aceh: Support the President to Firmly Sue Palm Oil Violation

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – President Joko Widodo instructed to firmly sue every palm oil violation. It took about three years for the companies to obey the regulation. The smallholders in Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) in three regencies of Aceh Province, for instance, Aceh Utara, Aceh Tamiang, and Aceh Timur would support it.

SPKS Aceh Province that represented the three regencies fully support what President Joko Widodo instructed. Many palm oil plantation companies clearly take advantages on forest regions to develop palm oil without having legal permits. By the order, SPKS hoped the issue would have solution.

“This is a good opportunity for the smallholders. In the next one month, just like President Joko Widodo instructed, starting on 10 July 2024, we would wait for the decision of every instance in our region,” Coordinator of SPKS kami, Abubakar AR said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Wednesday (10/7/2024)..

He mentioned SPKS would monitor every execution process knowing that in the Regency of Aceh Tamiang, there are about 19 companies, Aceh Timur has 11 companies, and Aceh Utara has 7 companies. They might violate the regulations.

If they are found to break the regulations, SPKS hopes the permits of the companies should be revoked and their cultivation should be handed over for the cooperation or smallholders’ group that have good management. “We have prepared the smallholders’ organizations that are reliable based on every procedure that the government regulates,” he said.

He also mentioned SPKS would keep supervising the circulars published by General Director of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, Andi Nur Alam Syah that instructed to get fasilitasi pembangunan kebun masyarakat sekitar (FPKMS) with the time limit up to 31 December 2024. The Regulation of Minister of Agriculture Number 39 / 2014 noted that every plantation company is obliged to develop people’s plantations for about 20 percent of the total areas that the company cultivates in business rights.

SPKS would urge the regional governments to confirm that every plantation company in Aceh Province should obey the regulation and realize their corporate social responsibility transparently.

“We would ask for every plantation company in Aceh Province, help us in the villages and environment, according to the social obligations,” Abubakar hoped.

By the firm order, SPKS is optimist that the smallholders in the province would get bigger advantages and fairness in palm oil plantation cultivation. (T2)