Palm Oil Plantation Companies Should Relate to License and Environment Commitment Audit

Foto by Dea Kinanti_Sawitfest 2021/ilustration of plantation
Palm Oil Plantation Companies Should Relate to License and Environment Commitment Audit

InfoSAWIT, BOGOR - Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) delivered some notes about the plans of Coordinator Minister in Maritime and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan to audit every palm oil plantation industry.

It is really needed for the government to be serious and reach out every palm oil industrial issue. This could be the way for the government to seriously improve palm oil governance from the upstream to downstream sectors.

General Secretary of SPKS, Mansuetus Darto thought, Minister Panjaitan should not audit every palm oil plantation company in license only but every field issue.

He thought, its governance would not stop in legal issue, such as, permit, Business License, and plasma smallholders. Palm oil plantation industries become the focus of the world namely about deforestation and fire. These could not be the focus still.

He continued, palm oil governance improvement should derive from the government’s commitment itself namely in arranging the policies, audit, and evaluation to every planter’s obedience.

“For example, the people’s palm oil plantations which Ministry of Agriculture published in 2019 and less than 25 hectares, covered 6,7 million hectares, In 2022 the people’s plantations released by Auriga, covered 2,3 million hectares only,” he said, as in the official statement to InifoSAWIT, Friday (27/5/2022).

It means, Darto mentioned, there have been many people that have more than 25 hectares. It needs evaluation so that they (the people) if having more than 25 hectares should get Plantation Business Permit and Business Rights. The other issues to improve are the smallholders’ plantations in legal areas, business, land documents, and Cultivation Documents; the environmental aspects, such as, the ban to plant palm oil tree along the riverside; protect the endanger animals, and others. These are parts of sustainability principles. “If the government wants to evaluate and audit (the companies and planters), everything should be covered,” he said.

He also mentioned, about the rare palm cooking oil some time ago, and the export fraud by big corporates, the audit should not focus to legal obedience only but also should reach out the market structures in palm oil industries in the two sectors. (T2)