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Independent Smallholders Karya Serumpun: The Samples of Sustainable Practices in Inhu



Independent Smallholders Karya Serumpun: The Samples of Sustainable Practices in Inhu

InfoSAWIT, INDRAGIRI HULU – The regional government of Indragiri Hulu (Inhu) appreciated what independent smallhholders of Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun achieved.

Head of Plantation; Agriculture and Plantation Agency District of Inhu, Sri Wahyu Haryanto said that. “I hope that the achievement could become the model for other independent smallholders’ group in this district and encourage them to implement sustainable practice,” he said.

Meanwhile, Director Sustainable Sourcing of Unilever, Martin Huxtable said that independent smallholders are valuable partners. We are happy to know that they joining in Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun in District of Inhu, Riau Province got Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificate.

“This happened for the hard work of our partners - Widya Erti Indonesia, Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun and others. We hope, the cooperation would go on in the future,” he said.

Martin also mentioned sustainable palm oil practices according to RSPO Principles and Criteria would be the samples from life changing impact that can be realized if the different stakeholders would be united for the same goal.

Chairman of Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun, Juliono said, the first process to encourage smallholders to run sustainable practice was challenging.

“Years before, no one understood RSPO certificate. Some even asked the benefit to implement RSPO Principles and Criteria,” he said.

But Juliono continued, socialization the concept and delivering the understanding about RSPO certificate and its benefits, our members agreed to continue RSPO process.

“After many development and process, the smallholders understood about good nursery, fertilization, pest, disease control, and harvesting process,” he said.

“It is useful to implement and get RSPO certificate. Our plantations are well nursed, the production increases, and the smallholders’ value gets higher. Our legal areas get clearer,” Juliono said.

Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Karya Serumpun now have 200 members to be 825 smallholders. 304 of them have got RSPO certificates. (T2)

 

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