InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The smallholders joining in Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) thought the budget which was Rp 30 million per hectare would not be enough to realize smallholders replanting program (SRP).
Chairman of Koperasi Sido Makmur, District of Sekadau, West Kalimantan Province, Bernadus Mohtar said that the fund support - Rp 30 million per hectare from Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) is not enough to implement SRP because they have to pay everything until the trees are in P0 – P2, while in P3, the smallholders should pay the cost by getting debts or credits from the banks.
“Do you know, when the smallholders are told to get debts, they sometimes will not implement it,” he said in the hearing with Panja Sawit, Commission IV Indonesian Legislators about Smallholders’ Palm Oil Plantation Cultivation and Development, Thursday (24/3/2022).
Bernadus Mohtar urged Commission IV Indonesian Legislators and the government that SRP fund should be increased to be Rp 60 million per hectare.
In the future, he continued, it needs fund to socialize SRP because socialization is the problem for the independent smallholders. Many of them do not know SRP. It needs to re-consider that many are involved in SRP such as, Kesatuan Pengelolaan Hutan (KPH) in delivering recommendation that the plantations are from forest regions. “We knew that KPH could not come to recommendation conclusion until five months of work,” he said.
Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit (Apkasindo) Perjuangan thought, the increasing SRP fund from Rp 30 million per hectare to be Rp 60 million per hectares is about fair fund use in SRP that it was mostly used to subsidize biodiesel companies apart from the increasing agricultural inputs. (T2)