InfoSAWIT, BOGOR –The economic practice in palm oil plantation is not done by the wealthy only but also by the smallholders. The smallholders working in the upstream sector might be reaching 37% - 42% of the total palm oil plantations. In Indonesia, it is believed that palm oil plantations where the smallholders cultivate might be more than 50% of the total palm oil areas. Unfortunately their role, namely the independent ones, might not be important. They may be the complementary only in the chain of palm oil business.
In Jambi Province, palm oil plantations that the independent smallholders cultivate may be about 662,846 hectaresof 1,1 million hectaresas the total palm oil plantations. The smallholders in Jambi may be about 125 thousand men. The quantity showed that they are vital in this sector. But what about the situation and the real condition in the field?
Yayasan SETARA Jambi and some civil organizations, such as, Yayasan CAPPA Keadilan Ekologi, Perkumpulan Sawit Watch, Jaringkan Kerja Pemetaan Partisipatif (JKPP) dan Simpul Layanan Pemetaan Partisipatif (SLPP) Jambi, did study about the Condition of the Smallholders in 24 villages in 3 districts in the province. The study run for 12 months covering taking data, processing data, verificating data, and final action.
From the study, it is found that some plantations of the smallholders are in the forest regions and they are in significant width, reaching 8.495 hectares, cultivated by 1.385 families. In the forestry regulation perspective, they would face issue for palm oil could not be planted in forest regions. They might be cultivating palm oil without having license from the government.
From this finding, the consultation was done with the smallholders to get the solution. From the discussion, it was agreed to run Land Policy of the country through Agrarian Affairs Reform, and Social Forestry.
OnThursday 26 April 2018, Yayasan SETARA Jambi andYayasan CAPPA Keadilan Ekologi, Perkumpulan Sawit Watch, JKPP dan SLPP Jambi did public dialog about the Result Study, Agrarian Affairs Scheme Proposal, and Social Forestry.
It was attended by the representatives of the smallholders, and civil organizations from Jambi and Jabodetabek. The main speakers in the dialog were Mr. Usep Setiawan from Presidential Staff Office who is also the member of Agrarian Affairs Reform task force, Mrs. Inda Fatinaware (Perkumpulan Sawit Watch), Mrs Umi Syamsiatun (Yayasan CAPPA Keadilan Ekologi),and Mr. Deni Rahadian (JKPP). In the dialog, the proposal of Agrarian Affairs Reform, and Social Forestry from the independent smallholders were given to Mr. Usep Setiawan. (T2)