Challenges in Developing Palm Oil Plantations in the Village of Basirih Hulu

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Challenges in Developing Palm Oil Plantations in the Village of Basirih Hulu

PALMOILMAGAZINE, SAMPIT – The Village of Basirih Hulu in Mentaya Hilir Selatan Subdistrict has substantial potential for palm oil plantation development. However, it faces challenges as it serves as a food and clothing source for the southern region of Kotawaringin Timur (Kotim).

According to Nuryadi, Head of the Village of Basirih Hulu, there has been significant growth in palm oil plantation development over the past decade. Currently, local residents have cultivated approximately one thousand hectares of productive palm oil plantations.

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“Many years ago, the villagers were excited to develop food plants, such as, paddy, but as time goes by, the grain was not better in price. Planting paddy, if the farmers got turnover, it was good still,” Nuryadi said, as quoted from Kantor Berita Radio Nasional Radio Republik Indonesia (KBRN RRI), Monday (17/6/2024).

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He thought, it was different from those who planted palm oil because it is more stable in price and has certain markets. This made some villagers develop palm oil plantations even though they still plant kinds of food plantations.

Nevertheless, the villagers of Basirih Hulu are facing big issues because they planted and developed palm oil plantations manually within fake seeds. It would not be easy to get superior/certified seeds from the government because the areas where they cultivate plantations, are food and clothing status.

“The southern regions are as food and clothing status and it would be difficult to get helps and development if relating to palm oil plantations,” Nuryadi said.

This is challenging for them that hope to develop palm oil plantations more optimally to escalate their economy. (T2)

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