Smallholders Would Do Solidarity Act to Evaluate CPO Export Ban

Foto by Dea Kinanti/Sawitfest 2021
Smallholders Would Do Solidarity Act to Evaluate CPO Export Ban

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Indonesia (Apkasindo) invited the smallholders in 22 provinces in Indonesia to do solidarity act which would be running on Tuesday (17/5) on 09.00 – 12.00 WIB.

It was about to protest crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative and palm cooking oil export ban which directly impacts to the cheap fresh fruit bunch (FFB) namely in palm oil plantation regions.

Jakarta would be main location on Solidarity Act of Smallholders in Indonesia on 17 May 2022 at the office of Coordinator Ministry in Economy and Patung Kuda Monas. The smallholders also did it at Istana Presiden to meet President Joko Widodo to tell what they have been facing.

It was joined by more than 250 participants which involved the members of Apkasindo from 22 provinces and 146 district/city and the children of smallholders joining Forum Mahasiswa Sawit (Formasi) Indonesia. The solidarity act was running for two hours in 146 districts where Apkasindo operates in 22 provinces.

“We are from Aceh to West Papua here in Jakarta. We dressed in our own culture and showed that palm oil unites the nation and the blessing for Indonesia,” Chairman of Apkasindo, Gulat ME Manurung said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.

In Sunday afternoon, some of the participants were in Jakarta, such as from West Papua, North Kalimantan, Aceh, West Sulawesi, and Papua.

Chairman of Apkasindo West Kalimantan Province, Indra Rustandi said that he and some others were on the way from District of Sintang to Pontianak. There were 25 smallholders coming to Jakarta. “We are excited to be in Jakarta and would meet President Joko Widodo because the related ministry cannot manage us. If you see General Director in duty of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, it is almost two years. How could he manage us? Palm oil is strategic and the spirit of economy in Indonesia in the past five years. In addition, Minister of Trade made us in misery,” Indra said when being confirmed.

Meanwhile Gulat said, it is critical that from 1.118 mills in Indonesia, at least, 25% stopped buying smallholders’ FFB. It happened because ours got decreasing 40%-70% from what plantation agency decided and it equally happened after the export ban. It impacts in many sectors and interrupts smallholders’ economic lives and economy nationally.

“We are racing in time for getting loss for about 11,7 billion rupiah by the late of April and the loss of potential exchange from export tax namely Crude palm oil Supporting Fund. Since February to April the potential exchange to get loss could be reaching Rp. 3,5 billion per month,” he said.

The issues derived from palm oil supply and price in the domestic. It is still expensive though the government delivered subsidy. That is why President Joko Widodo banned CPO exports but the smallholders are in misery. (T2)