InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – When delivering their same thought to President Joko Widodo, some smallholders’ associations, such as, Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Apkasindo Perjuangan, Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (FORTASBI), Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Perkebunan Inti Rakyat (ASPEKPIR), Perkumpulan Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Jaya Indonesia (POPSI), Serikat Petani Indonesia (SPI) did appreciate to what President Joko Widodo decided through the Regulation of Minister of Trade Number 22 / 2022about Crude Palm Oil (CPO), Refined, Bleached and Deodorized Palm Oil, Refined, Bleached and Deodorized Palm Olein, and Used Cooking Oil Temporary Export ban as the moment to improve palm oil plantation governance from the upstream to downstream sectors.
In the same document, it mentioned that only one association did demonstrate on Tuesday (17/5). But six smallholders’ associations and smallholders’ union cooperated with the agencies in districts and cities to protect the smallholders because of price issue by big corporates.
“We also told that we would not do demonstration for we have had dialog and cooperation with the agencies in districts and cities in many provinces in Indonesia to protect the smallholders,” the document noted by six smallholders’ associations to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (17/5/2022).
They also appreciated what President Joko Widodo did through Ministry of Agriculture to conduct dialog with every agriculture/plantation agency in the province/district/city by involving smallholders’ associations to discuss, evaluate, and get the same solution about the publication of the Regulation of Minister of Trade Number 22 / 2022 about crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative and palm cooking oil temporary export ban.
“We do believe, by involving smallholders’ organizations/association in Indonesia in conducting the dialog, President Joko Widodo would consider every input and bargaining solution in the future from the smallholders in Indonesia,” the smallholders said. (T2)