InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –As one player in palm oil industry in the world, the planters could not be put aside. By the contribution, about 40% of the world palm oil production, they have important roles. Unfortunately, there are many issues too face, such as, the low productivity.
In every single year, palm oil demands keep increasing as the increasing population and the middle class economy. Oil World predicted, the palm oil needs would be more than 5 million tons in every single year in the world.
Palm oil has become one kind of vegetable oil consumed the most by the world. Still based on Oil World, in 2013, of the total areas of vegetable oil production, reaching 256,7 million hectares, palm oil is cultivated in about 6%.
Having relatively small areas, palm oil markets have reached 40% of the total vegetable oil markets in the world, reaching about 156,9 million tons. The second position is soybean oil reaching about 27%, canola reaching 16% and sunflower oil reaching 9%.
It is important commodity to develop the economy in Southeast Asia, namely Indonesia and Malaysia – the two producer coountries within production reaching 80% of the global palm oil world production.
The fact showed, the world palm oil is produced not only by the industries but also by the smallholders.
According to Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), it is predicted, more than 3 million smallholders depend on palm oil to cultivate. Their areas are narrower than the industries’ areas. The smallholders’ productions give about 40% of the total palm oil production globally.
It is clear, the smallholders contribute significantly to sustainable production. Unfortunately they often get less informataion and knowledge to cultivate well. This makes them have relatively small production and the limited markets.
It needs strategy and action to increase their productivity and empower their institution.
Director of RSPO Indonesia, Tiur Rumondang said, her side supports to improve their productivity through the sustainable cultivation, including by making approach, such as, minimizing the fund and facilitate the certification for the smallholders through RSPO Smallholder Support Fund (RSSF), by offering the Group Certification Scheme “Panduan untuk Sertifikasi Kelompok Produksi TBS” or the Guidance to FFB Production Group Certification.
“We admit, though it is about to help the independent smallholders, it needs to inform more and more in the large scale, including to the stakeholders,” she recently said to InfoSAWIT. (T2)