InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA -Palm oil that gets bigger and wider in the global markets, of course, would be the ‘primadona’ of vegetable oil in the world. It is predicted, in 2018, the national palm oil production would increase about 10% or reach 46 million tons. The increasing CPO production would be from the success of the plantations to increase the productivity.
The issue about productivity still becomes the homework for the planters. There are massive gaps of production between the plantation companies and the smallholders. There have been many ways to do to decrease the gaps through many patterns, such as, the partnership between both sides.
The annual productivity really increases the CPO production nationally. For example, the smallholders that have about more than 4 million hectares and if they could increase their productivity reaching 0,5 ton, they would increase the CPO production reaching 2 million tons per year.
Of course, the success of the production from the smallholders’ plantation would not immediately happen. So it needs good cooperation among the government, the stakeholders, and the smallholders. It is important to implement the best and sustainable cultivation practices.
It could be done by implementing the science about cultivation and it is applied with the agricultural technology. Though it would spent more money, the stakeholders and the smallholders could do it together
From what InfoSAWIT has traced for about 10 years in the palm oil plantation nationally, starting from Sumatera, Jawa, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi, the independent smallholders’ areas where they are sporadic, still need support from the governmment and the stakeholders.
They need it because they individually cultivate their areas that spend relatively much money than those who are in group. In addition compared to the palm oil plantation company, the cost of cultivation for the independent smallholders could be categorized ‘expensive’.(T1)
This article once published in InfoSAWIT, January 2018