SRP Acceleration: Boost Smallholders’ Welfare

SRP Acceleration: Boost Smallholders’ Welfare

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The government keeps doing many things to increase the smallholders’ welfare, such as, smallholders replanting program (SRP) acceleration. SRP is not only about to substitute the old trees, but also to improve the cultivation based on good agricultural practices (GAP).

It was discussed in a webinar and live streaming – the 5th series with the theme “Dampak Positif Program Sarpras dan Pengembangan SDM Bagi Petani Sawit” that plantation media conducted and supported by Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) in Jakarta. In the event, the Secretary of General Directorate of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, Heru Tri Widarto confirmed that everything has been running to cover SRP in many regions.

“One thing to do is to simplify the condition and regulation, for instance, it was 4 hectares per family but now SRP could cover four hectares per smallholders. There are two ways to get SRP, they are, through the agency or technical recommendation and partnership. It means, the technical recommendation is available still,” Heru said.

He also mentioned, through the agency means, the verification is only once in the district. Then it would be handed over to the province agency (only to propose) to General Directorate of Plantation and to PFMA. While in the partnership system, the smallholders within their institution should send the proposal (to get SRP) directly to PFMA. The independent surveyor would verify and PFMA would follow up the process.

“The two systems are about to accelerate SRP. Many palm oil plantation companies are suggested to help their plasma so that they (smallholders) could join SRP. The partnership between the smallholders and company is encouraged to conduct SRP,” he said.

On the other hand, Heru hoped, by the partnership the companies could deliver GAP to the smallholders and eventually the companies would buy the smallholders’ fresh fruit bunch (FFB) in partnership with the companies.

The smallholders need companies to buy their FFB and the mills do too to be the material (to process CPO). It could happen that the companies’ FFB may not be enough to supply the mills (namely in ‘trek’ time).

Heru also admitted, FFB is getting cheaper. But the smallholders’ FFB in partnership (plasma or partnership in the form of cooperation) is relatively stable in price. Though the FFB gets cheaper, it is not more drastic than the independent smallholders’ FFB (who do not take partnership with the companies).

He also mentioned, the company should help to realize SRP by starting delivering recommendation to the plasma smallholders. The smallholders should supply to mills through the union or main-plasma system. Then SRP can immediately run fast. “The company should help them by providing seeds or make memorandum of understanding in SRP,” Heru told. (T2)