InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The smallholders’ replanting program that the government proposed within the fund support from Palm oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) has been running.
It started in the plantations in South Sumatera Province within the target to replant reaching 4.600 hectares in District of Musi Banyuasin. But 1.600 hectares are still in (forest) status.
“We are in coordination with Ministry of Environment and Forestry and would accomplish the issue for the next two years,” General Director of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Bambang said in meeting with some media in Jakarta where InfoSAWIT also attended Tuesday (5/5/2018).
He also said, the target of replanting program for the smallholders reached 20.700 hectares. But according to Technical Recommendation from Ministry of Agriculture, the program could only be running for about 14.646 hectares or only 70% of the first target.
From the width, he continued, the realization of the smallholders’ replanting program in 2017 covered 2.900 hectares. “I do hope, PFMA could distribute the fund so that the smallhoders would not be reluctant to join the program,” he said.
In addition, the 2018 smallholders’ replanting program would be in 185.000 hectares but the technical recommendation from Ministry of Agriculture would be finished in the third quarter of 2019. “If this is realized, there would be more smallholders joining the program,” Bambang said. (T2)