Independent Palm Oil Plantation in Forest Region

Independent Palm Oil Plantation in Forest Region

InfoSAWIT JAKARTA –According to Ministry of Agriculture, of the total palm oil areas belonging to the smallholders, reaching 4,65 millionhectares (ha), 1,25 million ha have complete documents within certificates, while 1,75 million ha have not certificates, and 1,7 million ha might be in the forest regions.

Ministry of Agriculture recently clarified the smallholders’ areas in the forest regions. Based on Corruption Eradication Commission (CEC), there are 2,7million ha palm oil areas in the production forest – 1,7 million ha belong to the smallholders, and the rests belong to the companies. “We have to make it right about the plasma – main issue in palm oil plantation for it is massive, reaching 2,7 million hectares and we would discuss it later,” Secretary of Agriculture, AmranSulaiman said, when coming by to CEC.

Ministry of Agriculture would coordinate with CEC about the palm oil areas in the production forests and to run the independent smallholders’ replanting program in the production forest areas.

General Director of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Bambang, said, his side has coordinated with Ministry of Environment and Forestry about the palm oil areas in the forest regions. According to the agreement, he continued, the smallholders could still cultivate theirs for one period only. After that, the area status should be re-clarified. “Ministry of Environment and Forestry promised, there would be area changing in the laandswap,” he said.

What about the smallholders’ areas not in the forest region but have no rights on theirs? Ministry Agriculture recently made the area verification team to run the replanting program as one solution to solve the areas status they (independent smallholders) face

Including reviewing the map of their palm oil areas that has been done by some non – government organization, such as, Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS). SPKShas mapped theirs since 2016 in 5 provinces and 10 districts, they are, West Kalimantan (Sintang, Sekadau,and Sanggau),Riau (Rokan Hulu, Palalawan, andBengkalis), South Sumatera (Musi Banyuasin), North Sumatera (Labuhan Batu Utara, Labuhan Batu), Jambi (Tanjung Jabung Barat,and Batang hari).

The mapping that SPKS does, Sabarudin said, focused to the independent smallholders only. The mapping process is also supported by Konsorsium Sahabat Petani Sawit (SPS), a multi-side consortium to support the transformation for the independent smallholders to realize the good and responsible practices.  The first meeting was done in February 2016 by involving SPKS, IDH, WRI, SNV, Rainforest Alliance, INOBU, ZSL, Daemeter, Winrock, CIFOR, UNDP, OXFAM, SOLIDARIDAD, Greenpeace, FFI, WWF, IFC, TFT.

“By March Maret 2017 the mapping had run in 10 districts in five provinces. The areas covered 5.269 plots, about 9.754 hectares. The continuous target would be in 8 districts,” he said.

He also continued, the mapping could be the recommendation to consolidate the information to the independent smallholders – who does what and where; both the government and NGO; the coordination of mechanism, and data sharing.

Besides the mapping is to harmonize the needs of minimum data and the most important thing is to get the support from the central and regional government in the process of mapping.

Besides SPKS, Yayasan Inovasi Bumi (Inobu) had done the same in Central Kalimantan Province.

By the end of 2016, Inobu had launched Sistem Informasi dan Pemantauan Kinerja Perkebunan Berkelanjutan (SIPKEBUN). It is hoped, the people would easily access the data wanted. The goal is that the data in plantation could be accessed by the public through internet, without taking the data through the bureaucracy.

By the launching of SIPKEBUN every side could monitor the palm oil areas in Central Kalimantan Province, both belonging to the country, the privates, and the smallholders. Everything could be seen in SIPKEBUN and could monitor the area condition, such as, the fire.

The anticipation could be done through the data in SIPKEBUN. It could be immediately done holistically. Besides it could be improved and sustainably within the help of the people.

Regent of Seruyan, Sudarsono said, SIPKEBUN could be a monitor and increase the cooperation among the central and regional governments. The cooperation could be done systematically to solve every issue which the plantations deals with for long. 

Sudarsono also mentioned, SIPKEBUN saves and shows the independent farmers’ palm oil areas in Seruyan, West Kotawaring and Gunung mas, and also the location of the areas, the production, and their social, economy condition.

According to the information there had been about 2.441 independent smallholders in Seruyan and ready to be managed in SIPKEBUN. It is targeted, in 2016, every independent smallholder, reaching about 5.300, could be mapped,” he said. (T2)

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