8 Districts Support the Collaboration of Sustainable Palm Oil Cultivation

8 Districts Support the Collaboration of Sustainable Palm Oil Cultivation

InfoSAWIT, PALEMBANG –The fast progress of agriculture, plantation commodity is always attached to the bad influence to the environment, except, the balance of social, economy and environment remains good. The innovative policy that the districts propose to balance become one thing to make the forum of cooperation, Lingkar Temu Kabupaten Lestari (LTKL) in July 2017.

“We need to think, how the development runs well but it does not damage. It means, the productivity of the commodity could be increasing, giving the good influence to the people, but not damaging the forest and peat, or the high conservation areas remain good,” Vice Regent of Musi Banyuasin, Beni Hernedi, who is also the Chairman of LTKL said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Monday (4/12/2017).

LTKL is a place to cooperate among the districts within its vision and mission, to have sustainable development through kinds of prior topics, such as, the sustainable development for the commodity. The forum has 8 districts as the members, they are, Musi Banyuasin (Muba), Rokan Hulu, Siak, Batanghari, Labuhan Batu Utara, Sintang, Sanggau, dan Sigi.

“Through the collaboration forum, such as, LTKL,8 districts could learn one to the other. For example, today, Musi Banyuasin could share its experience about the palm oil replanting fund and the rubber diversification program. But in the next time, we would learn from others, such as, Sigi, about the incentive to keep the forest well,” he said.

In the discussion, LTKL supported the real collaboration about sustainable palm oil through Pernyataan Bersama with the development partners, such as, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), and Tropical Forest Alliance 2020 (TFA2020). Some collaboration topics proposed are the transformation of the planter, especially the independent smallholders, to implement sustainable practices, certification or transaction in palm oil trade in jurisdiction base, conservation integration, and protection of environmental service in the plantation.

Meanwhile, Director of RSPO Indonesia, Tiur Rumondang said, the most important things from the discussion are the leadership and collaboration. The process of transformation in palm oil sector would be difficult to realize unless every side helps one to the other and led by a figure who could unite.

In the development of jurisdiction certification mechanism, she continued, the districts should be aware of the consequence to support the approach – including the plan development in data – base, the limit of transparent production areas, and the supervision mechanism. In its process, the districts should cooperate with RSPO, namely to develop the planters.

Chairman of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit, Mansuetus Darto said, there are lots of work to help the smallholders. Let us say, Pernyataan Bersamawith RSPO is as a serious start. “The suppport of fund and technic could be got as long as the districts have initiatives,” he said.

LTKL, RSPO, and the development partners have limited time (six months) since the “Pernyataan Bersama” was signed to interpret the collaboration to be the same and concrete action plan for 2018-2020.

“What we want to emphasize in LTKL about the same work is that it is important to be in synergy with the national policy, such as, to improve the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and the National Action Plan in Sustainable Palm oil that Ministry of Agriculture supports too. We do believe, this is the real evidence of the process to support the better cultivation and also proof to the world that the commodity from Indonesia could compete,” Beni said.(T2)

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