Panja Sawit: PFMA Fund Allocation is Not Much for Smallholders

Panja Sawit: PFMA Fund Allocation is Not Much for Smallholders

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Commission IV Indonesian Legislators got many aspirations from many smallholders’ association about their cultivation and development. Commission IV thought there are many potentials to advantage the fund, not only to replanting program but also to increase palm oil production directly. But the reality showed, the fund allocations are not many to smallholders.

Vice Chairman of Commission IV Indonesian Legislators, Anggia Erma Rini for all these years, the results were less. If seen from the development, it was not maximal still thought Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) manages tons of cash.

“The reality is that the fund was not for smallholders but for biodiesel (subsidy),” she said in the hearing with some smallholders’ associations in the Hall of Indonesian Legislators, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday (24/3/2022).

The smallholders’ associations in the hearing were Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Indonesia Perjuangan (Apkasindo Perjuangan); Perkumpulan Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (Popsi); Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Perkebunan Inti Rakyat (ASPEKPIR); serta Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS).

She also mentioned, budget mandate to PFMA is not for two sectors only – smallholders replanting program and biodiesel program but also for promotion, research and development, and infrastructures.

“Next week we will meet and discuss these with PFMA to confirm everything,” she said and criticized how every program ran to know what went wrong or no real concrete data.

She continued Commission IV did meet with Ministry of Agriculture. At the moment, Indonesian Legislators needed the smallholders’ data about where they cultivate, the width of their plantations, and who they are. Unfortunately, there was no answer.

“How come such question has no real data for all these years at all? Data is significant to get clear intervention, to help, or to distribute replanting budget but we do not have it,” she explained.

Other member of Commission IV, Yohanis Fransiskus Lema also criticized that there is minimal valid data about palm oil plantation ownership in Indonesia. “Would it be a public policy – right on target and right on its use if there is no accurate data? It would not. Still, data is the base,” he said. (T2)