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Palm Cooking Oil Exports Open: 7 Smallholders’ Associations Thanked and Hoped the Governance Improvement



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Palm Cooking Oil Exports Open: 7 Smallholders’ Associations Thanked and Hoped the Governance Improvement

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The smallholders’ organizations, 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), Jaringan Petani Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (Japsbi) appreciated and thanked President Joko Widodo, Thursday (19/5/2022) for officially revoking crude palm oil and its derivative and palm cooking oil export ban which would be running on Monday (23/5/2022).

Chairman of APKASINDO Perjuangan, Alpian Arahman said, palm cooking oil export would re-normalize fresh fruit bunch (FFB) trade produced by the smallholders in Indonesia.

“We had issues both in price, such as, FFB got cheaper less than Rp 2.000 per kilogram in average; and the numbers of purchase by some mills in Sumatera, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Thursday (19/5/2022).

Chairman of POPSI, Pahala Sibuea did support what President Joko Widodo did to improve the regulation in Palm oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA).

“We know that PFMA is one key to improve palm oil governance in Indonesia. Hopefully PFMA should focus to support smallholders’ institutions in Indonesia,” Sibuea told.

He also mentioned, for all these years, PFMA was used by palm oil biodiesel wealthy men. This could be seen from the fund distribution that reached Rp 137,283 billion (to biodiesel industries) in 2015 – 2021 or 80,16 percent of the total fund. While the smallholders got fund allocation to implement smallholders replanting program for about 4,8 percent.

Chairman of FORTASBI, H. Narno hoped, after the revocation, the government should really pay attention to improve palm oil governance and support smallholders’ institutions to get mills by advantaging the fund that PFMA managed. (T2)


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