InfoSAWIT, TANA PASER – The cheaper fresh fruit bunch (FFB) until now still happens and makes the smallholders in Paser loss. They together with the organizations and the associations joining in Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Kabupaten Paser told that the government of Paser is not serious to solve the issue until now though the issue has been several times told to the related instances, including the Regent of Paser.
In the demonstration, Monday (16/07/2018) in front of the office of Regent of Paser, Forum Petani kelapa Sawit Kabupaten Paser, such as,Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit (APKASINDO),and the representative of the smallholders joining in the groups and union from 10 subdistricts told some orations and claims about the administration in palm oil and the cheaper price of FFB in thee last three months.
Chairman of Advocacy Department, SPKS, District of Paser, who was also the coordinator in the demo, Kanisius told that 1000 men joining the demonstration are the disappointment for the regional government fails to handle the palm oil trade administration and the cheaper FFP in the smallholders.
He thought, on 5 June some smallholders joining Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Kabupaten Paser told some claims and recommendation to the government. But the government ignored them. “The smallholders are in misery because of the cheaper FFB. So Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Kabupaten Paser does demonstration, claims the government to do our aspiration,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
In the beginning, Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Kabupaten Paser claimed some, the first, urge the regional government to send documents to the palm oil factories and should accept the smallholders’ FFB within the selling price that the government has decided. The second, urge the regional government to give sanction or warning to the factories operating in the district if they (factories) do not buy the smallholders’ FFB.The third,urge the government to make palm oil trade administration faster. The fourth, discipline every contract of FFB supply in the factories in District of Paser. The fifth,discipline the loading ramp in the district and the sixth, the district should facilitate every union and institution of the smallholders to make and get FFB supply contract with the factories operating in the district.
He also said, the claims are the field issues. The government should seriously deal with them for the people depend on the FFB price.
Abdullah (34), a smallholder told that the cheaper FFB for the last three months makes his plantations abandoned for having no fund to nurse by buying the fertilizer, and also for the daily needs. For some time, I had enough money from the plantation because the FFB selling price was good and I could nurse the plantation by buying some ferlizers.
The Agreement with the Regent
Regent of Paser welcome the demonstration and claims of the smallholders. Kanisius told, the regent, Yusriansyah directly took them and discussed. There are three points of agreement about the issue, namely about the cheaper FFB in the district. The three points of agreement are written in the same agreement and directly signed by the Regent and the representative of the Forum Petani kelapa Sawit Kabupaten Paser. Here are the agreement:
- District of Paser would invite every factory on 17 July to get the instruction from the Regent about FFB buying price based on the decision of FFB price team in East Kalimantan Province.
- District of Paser would give sanction to the company that does not obey the FFB price team decision based on the regulation.
- District of Paser would monitor every palm oil factory in the district.
Kanisius also hoped that the government could and implement the 3 points seriously and the companies could obey them. “Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Kabupaten Paserwould monitor the progress and the result,” he said. (T2)