POPSI: Palm Oil Ban Sacrificed the Smallholders

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POPSI: Palm Oil Ban Sacrificed the Smallholders

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The plan of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to ban palm cooking oil materials and palm cooking oil, significantly impacted to smallholders’ income though it is not running still. What if it runs?

“We are waiting for it until 28 April. Will President Jokowi’s decision make us bad? We would react if it really happens,” Chairman of Persatuan Organisasi Petani Sawit Indonesia (POPSI), Pahala Sibuea said to InfoSAWIT, Sunday (24/4/2022).

He told that every side should understand the anomaly of palm oil price in the globe. It happened in the late days. Many sides got profits though the smallholders’ fresh fruit bunch (FFB) price in Indonesia, as the matter of fact, sometimes is cheaper than it in Malaysia.

The main thing is, it needs to think of the smallholders’ income. Sibuea told the policy should not make the smallholders as the victims. The evidence is real. The policy does not run still but the smallholders’ FFB should be decreasing up to Rp 550 per kg.

“The stakeholders reacted to the smallholders but not to the economy of Indonesia. We should see the stocks if the graphic falls down or not,” he said.

If the policy officially runs, this could be like ‘one rotten apple spoils the whole barrel’. The policy might not be analyzed in data. It could be said that the policy was an emotional one from palm cooking oil case which has no solution until now. In quotation mark, the government’s prestige gets loss by the capitalist.

“Unfortunately, domestic market obligation and domestic price obligation did not run well because the two were not well prepared in infrastructures, distribution, and legal supervision. The people need education that the material got more expensive because the market price cannot be intervened. The price refers to the global,” he said. (T2)