HR Development Would Increase Planters’ Professionalism

HR Development Would Increase Planters’ Professionalism

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Human Resource (HR) Development Program is about to increase the knowledge, skills, professionalism, independency, and dedication of every planter. It is about to develop the other counselors and the smallholders themselves.

Director of Fund Collection Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA), Sunari said it in webinar and live streaming with the theme, “Dampak Positif Program PSR, Sarpras dan Pengembangan SDM Bagi Petani Sawit”, the fifth series which plantation media did and supported by PFMA some time ago.

Sunari said, in plantation HR development program, PFMA did many trainings education both in vocation or Diploma 1 and 3, counselling, development, and delivering facility.

“These are the agents of change heading to sustainable palm oil plantations. We encouraged the education both for the smallholders, labors and the people’s children,” he said.

By 30 April 2022 HR development ran in 21 provinces within the total trainings up to 229 classes. It was delivered to 9.679 men. While the scholarship was delivered to 3.265 students in six universities.

He also mentioned, there are four significant and strategic pillars in smallholders replanting program (SRP), they are, the first, the legal both in area and institution; the second, productivity which relates to standard replanting which the production might be less than 10 tons of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) per hectare and tree density which reached less than 60 trees per hectare.

The third, sustainability which is the very strategic thing; and the fourth, Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil certification support. These would deliver smallholders’ plantations to be in economic, profitable, sociable, and environmental principles.

According to Decision of General Director of Plantation Number 202/2020, there are conditions to propose SRP, they are, legal areas and institution. “We always encourage and socialize it to the smallholders to be easier to get SRP,” he said.

Every smallholder within his ID would get SRP fund for four hectares. “It means, if in one family there are two smallholders or ID, they could get the fund help for about more than four hectares,” he said.

Sunari also explained that according to the Regulation of Minister of Agriculture (RMA) Number 7 / 2019 junto RMA Number 15 / 2020 and Decision of General Director of Plantation Number 273 / 2020, there are eight things in Infrastructure Program.

They are, seeds, fertilizers, and pesticide (extensification); fertilizers and pesticides (intensification); post-harvest tools and product process units; water management and way improvement; transportation tools; agricultural machines; market infrastructures; and technical verification (about Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil/ISPO).

He thought, many proposed to get Infrastructure Program from PFMA while the fund allocation in 2022 in the program just reached Rp 700 billion.

“I think, the numbers would be the good opportunity for the planters who join institutions. Not only in Jambi, West Kalimantan, or South Kalimantan, but others can propose to get it,” he said by hoping that the infrastructures could be used by the smallholders in their institutions to improve theirs. “Infrastructures are one of entry points to escalate the production and productivity of smallholders’ plantations,” he said.

He also mentioned, the infrastructure program in palm oil plantations by April 2022 just covered 10 institutions only. They got the helps within the total fund for about Rp 30,7 billion. The institutions are in Jambi (in District of Merangin, Muaro Jambi, Tanjung Jabung Barat, and Batang Hari). They used the fund to improve the production ways.

Chairman of Kelompok Tani Aman Jaya, North Aceh, Muslim said, 90 percent of the people there did not know that there is fund help in SRP that PFMA delivered for about Rp 25 million per hectare. But after seeing the proof in person, the smallholders now believe their eyes.

Muslim mentioned, many smallholders’ plantations are not in SRP though theirs should get it which covered more than 2000 hectares. He thought, plantation agency emphasized that the smallholders’ groups or institutions should propose to get SRP. There should be documents of cooperation with Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit (PPKS) to get certified and qualified seeds.

“After implementing the first SRP for about three years until now, the smallholders do believe how the certified seeds develop after being planted because the smallholders themselves did plant and nurse,” he said. (T2)