Five Things in Smile to Strengthen Sustainable Independent Smallholders

Five Things in Smile to Strengthen Sustainable Independent Smallholders

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Ever since it was launched, “SMallholder Inclusion for better Livelihood & Empowerment Program” or (SMILE) delivered big leap to welfare independent smallholders by connecting gap of knowledge.

According to information, the happening actions in first phase (2020 – 2025) are: the first, development and support needed to fulfill Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification; the second, workshop and training for groups of smallholders.

The third, solution of polygon map for independent smallholders’ plantations; the fourth, analysis of gap of condition/criteria of RSPPO certification by consultants; and the fifth, training to smallholders about standard safety to independent smallholders.

In the recent days, PT Inti Indosawit Subur (the business unit of Asian Agr) and Perkumpulan Putra Tunggal Bukit Sangkilan with 151 independent smallholders in Maro Sebo Ilir, Jambi Province signed memorandum of understanding to help them to increase productivity, get international certification, and get premium price from certified palm oil trade.

Regent of Batanghari, Muhammad Fadhil Arief told, the regional government really supports SMILE that Apical, Kao, and Asian Agri proposed. In addition, 60% of people’s income in the district are from palm oil.

“We always support the best programs about palm oil namely, SMILE has the same goals as what we proposed to increase the people’s welfare, namely the smallholders,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (11/1/2022).  (T2)