Be Aware, Fake Seeds are Around Still

Be Aware, Fake Seeds are Around Still

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - The increasing fresh fruit bunch (FFB) price as the result of increasing crude palm oil (CPO) price in the globe encouraged many farmers to substitute their plantations to be palm oil.

But the new farmers (not palm oil) do not understand how to get certified palm oil seeds from the official stores. This leads them to take a short cut, such as, seeking palm oil seeds from the internet.

The facts showed, tens of superior palm oil seed producers in Indonesia do not sell in marketplace. This is because of the regulation in palm oil seed trade. There are some processes to do according to the regulation.

According to Ministry of Agriculture, Indonesia is the biggest palm oil producer in the world. In national scale, in the first semester of 2021, superior palm oil seeds reached 50 million from 19 official producers. Most of the numbers were planted to private or smallholders replanting program.

But the tempting palm oil price, in the same time with illegal palm oil seed distribution caused smallholders get losses. The illegal seeds are massively sold in the internet or online stores.

To reinforce palm oil commodity as the pillar of economy nationally, and to make sure that the people get qualified and certified seeds, namely for FFB is in interesting price, Founder of Gamal Institute, Gamal Nasir said, it needs to escalate monitoring system to qualified seed distribution.

He thought, the people’s huge needs to get replanting program and develop palm oil plantations should face the massive illegal palm oil seed distribution. It seems, some related sides just let it go. (T2)

For more, please read InfoSAWIT, February 2022