Some Palm oil Regulations Are Published, The Smallholders Still Face Issues

Some Palm oil Regulations Are Published, The Smallholders Still Face Issues

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA –In the commemoration of Hari Tanion Monday (24/9/2018), Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS) urged the government to solve the issues that the smallholders face, such as, the solution for the smallholders’ plantations in the forest regions, the legal for their plantations, the conflicts between the plasma smallholders and the companies, the cheaper fresh fruit bunch (FFB), and Palm oil Plantation Fund Management Agency(PFMA) that subsidizes biodiesel. If not, the smallholders would be more difficult to be better and sustainable.

In the official statement to InfoSAWIT, SPKS appreciated the government to run the smallholders’ replanting program in some provinces. But SPKS thought, the program is not fully done because the government “fails to understand” that the smallholders’ main issue is not replanting.

Until now, there is no clarity about the solution for the smallholders’ plantations in the forest regions though the President has signed President’s Instruction No.8 / 2018 about Palm oil Moratorium. There is no clarity about 20% areas that have been released from the forest regions for the smallholders, where and the width for them. There is no clear regulation about the allocation for them got from the Business Rights. It means, there is no clarity for their future.

But SPKS urged the government to be careful to legalize the smallholders’ plantations in the forest regions because many of them ‘admit as smallholders’. As a matter of fact, their main job is not as smallholder or they do not live in the rural.

“The government should clearly define the meaning of smallholder so that the legal of the areas is right on target, namely for the smallholders’ plantation in the forest regions. If it is not solved, the sustainability and the welfare of the smallholders would never be realized,” SPKS noted.

SPKS also focused about the partnership between the companies and the smallholders. The conflict has no change for years because of unfair scheme of partnership, such as, transparency about funding the plantations and credit documents, the width of plasma areas is never the same as it was promised, the plasma that the companies might never make, and the companies that buy cheaper FFB from the smallholders. The conflicts happen because of one management service (the partnership pattern). It means that the smallholders have no rights to cultivate their areas. If the moratorium wants to accelerate the development of plasma areas reaching 20% of the companies’ areas, the issue never hits the smallholders’ main needs, such as, the allocation for the companies still reaches 80% and there is never cooperation pattern among the two sides. (T2)


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