Nine Member of South Pesisir Legislators Propose Regulation to Address Affordable FFB

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Doc. Sawit Fest 2021 / Fahzian Aldevan

PALMOILMAGAZINE, PESISISIR SELATAN – Nine members of the South Pesisir Legislators in West Sumatra proposed a regional regulation to address the issue of cheaper Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) produced by independent smallholders in other regions.

The proposed regulation also aims to establish guidelines for the governance of gambier and rubber, the key commodities in the district.

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Novermal, a member of the South Pesisir Legislators, who initiated the proposal, emphasized its importance and expressed hope that it would be prioritized for the establishment of a regional regulation in 2024.

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He highlighted the significance of having regulations in place for palm oil, rubber, and gambier in South Pesisir, stating that it would contribute to improving prices for farmers and smallholders.

With approximately 41 thousand hectares of smallholders’ palm oil plantations in the district, he stressed the need for protective measures.

Novermal mentioned, FFB produced by independent smallholders in the district is always cheaper than it in the other regions, such as, Sijunjung, Dharmasraya, Agam, and West Pasaman. “The gap reaches Rp 400 per kg and scale discount in mills gets expensive too,” he said. he also told that two mills belonging to Incasi Raya Grup would purchase smallholders’ FFB less than it in other mills.

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In the context of price decision, he also emphasized that it noticed yield in FFB. He urged the regional district to immediately check out independent smallholders’ FFB yield. “We do not want to hear that the district would argue that this is not its authority. That is why there should be regulation about it,” he said.

The main goals to publish the regional regulation are to prevent unhealthy business competition, escalate commodity quality, discipline business and traders’ administration, escalate planters’ bargaining position, create profitable cooperation between planters and companies, control commodity governance, and monitor commodity governance.

Nine members of South Pesisir Legislators that proposed the regulation are from nine parties, they are, PAN, PKS, Demokrat, Golkar, and PPP. They are optimist that every member in the legislators would agree about it because this would protect smallholders’ FFB price (as the source of living) in the district. (T2)

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