Smallholders Urged to have Transparent and Good Governance

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Smallholders Urged to have Transparent and Good Governance

InfoSAWIT, BOGOR – General Secretary of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Mansuetus Darto said, many smallholders do not get smallholders replanting program still namely fund support provided by Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA). This happens for the long and complex procedures. The realization of human resources and agricultural tools do not either.

He said, there is no accurate data about smallholders still. Besides, palm oil fund does not support to accelerate Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) process for smallholders to support sustainable development in national scale and their institutions to be more independent, better, and welfare.

“We have to notice that there are some powerful groups in smallholders replanting program (SRP) project. Human resource empowerment which PFMA should distribute the fund, may not be conducted in many regions because there is no trust in regional agencies to do it and the training (of human resource development) should be delivered by certified training institutions,” he said when delivering speech in Diskusi Awal Pertemuan Nasional SPKS, 2021 with the theme “Strategi Mengimplementasikan Roadmap Petani Mandiri Menuju Sertifikasi ISPO”, Thursday (25/11/2021) in Bogor that InfoSAWIT joined.

He continued, SRP projects may only be from single power - Enterprises that regulates SRP program. “We know that Sucofindo is in charge in SRP,” he said.

The other issue is about palm oil plantation in forest regions. For all these years, smallholders are always accused to damage forests or cut off the wild to plant palm oil. One thing to notice, Darto continued, data proposed by Auriga and SPOS Indonesia showed that there are only 1,9 million independent smallholders and 0,7 million hectares are overlapping with forest regions. The smallholders are categorized as planters for having less than 25 hectares.

“If using the data plus plasma smallholders’ plantations, there will be about 3 million hectares (plasma and independent smallholders). What about 3,7 million hectares? The government decided that smallholders’ plantations lay about 6,7 million hectares,” he said.

That is why Darto continued, there should be clearer category of smallholders. “In order not to be a loss for smallholders who have less than 25 hectares and always be accused to cut of the forest. This certainly is a loss for the country in tax issue. By having right data, there will be no more hiding behind the word ‘people’s plantations’,” he said. (T2)