To Support SRP, SPKS Developed Koperasi Petani Sawit Swadaya in Seruyan

To Support SRP, SPKS Developed Koperasi Petani Sawit Swadaya in Seruyan

InfoSAWIT, SERUYAN - Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) developed independent smallholders’ group/union in District of Seruyan, Central Kalimantan. It is part of strategy to reinforce smallholders’ institution to plantation management and support the government to develop unions in Indonesia.

There are independent smallholders in 8 villages in Sub district of Seruyan Tengah and their plantations should get smallholders replanting program (SRP) but they do not have institutions, such as, union.

Knowing this, Chairman of SPKS District of Seruyan, Arif Mansur Rosyadi told that smallholders asked SPKS to facilitate the making of union with the members are independent smallholders. It will be the place for them to get SRP access.

Manager of Organization and Membership of SPKS, Sabarudin said, the establishment of the union is part of SPKS commitment to support SRP that has high target – about 925.780 hectares in 2022.

Sabarudin also mentioned, SPKS does develop independent smallholders by socializing SRP in cooperation with local plantation agency to get coordinate spots of their plantations to propose SRP, to collect papers, such as, ID, land documents in Tanjung Jabung Barat Jambi Province, District of Sanggau and District of Sekadau in West Kalimantan Province, and in District of Paser, East Kalimantan Province.

“There are about 3.200 smallholders with 6.200 hectares that we are developing,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (4/1/2022).

The absence of independent smallholders’ institution is one challenge to join SRP. Sabaruddin continued, SPKS has developed 6 independent smallholders’ unions, they are, 1 in District of Paser; 4 in District of Sekadau, and 1 in District of Seruyan.

“The unions facilitate smallholders to get SRP access and part of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) certification process that will be mandatory in 2025. We do hope the government through General Directorate of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture and Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency can support,” he said. (T2)