InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Smallholders replanting program (SRP) about infrastructure is one strategic activity in national leval. That is why every stakeholder is legally guaranteed in budget utilization and should be supervised to get the development solved right on targets and safely, without having legal issues in the future.
Sub Head of Directorate of Water, Agriculture, and Marine Infrastructure Security, Directorate of Strategic Development Security, The Attorney, Rachmat Supriadi said that in a webinar with the theme “Dampak Positif Program SRP, Sarpras dan Pengembangan SDM” that plantation media and Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) conducted in Jakarta.
Rachmat mentioned, the legal officers in SRP program should function to prevent (budget abuse). But the legal issues about SRP are found in few regions only.
He continued, SRP fund distribution and advantage should be more perfect to use. “The goal is that SRP would run well and be right on target to increase smallholders’ plantation productivity,” Rachmat said.
In general, he told, there are two problems in SRP. The first, it was found that fund verification could not be accounted in every activity or procurement.
The second, the conditions (to get SRP) are not match with the available regulations. The third, there are overlapping land rights that many proposed or those who got the program. The fourth, when someone withdrew the money, he could not provide evidences of bills.
Rachmat said, these issues are identical with what Audit Board Indonesian Republic found. “These happened for the weak verification process,” he said.
That is why the Attorney suggested that PFMA should verify every document that planters proposed in the first place and the verification results should be handed over to the banks to deliver cash.
PFMA should check and re-check the fund proposal and see the field in person so that the fund would be really used to the plantations. PFMA should periodically socialize and evaluate planters and banks about SRP fund. (T2)