InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Four unions cultivating the smallholders’ palm oil plantations have multiplied the lists that get sustainable certificates in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) version.
The four are the independent partners of PT PP London Sumatra Tbk., which is the subsidiary of IndoAgri Resources Ltd., in Singapura.
In April 2017, KUD Teratai Biru in Sub district of Tungkal Jaya, District of Musi Banyuasin, South Sumatera was the first union developed by IndoAgri Resources Ltd., and got RSPO certificate. Based on the information from RSPO, the union cultivates 318 hectares (ha) palm oil plantations and involves 183 families (KK).
The other three unions got the same too in November 2017, they were, KUD Marga Makmur in Sub district of Muara Lakiatan, District of Musi Rawas, South Sumatera. The unions cultivates 451 ha palm oil plantations and involves about 99 families.
The second was KUD Tuhu Asih in Sub district of Karang Dapok, District of Musi Rawas Utara, South Sumatera within 793 hectares of palm oil plantations and 233 independent smallholders.
The third was KUD Karya Mulya in Sub district of Nibung, District of Musi Rawas Utara, South Sumatera by involving 106 independent smallholders within 382 ha of palm oil areas.
One independent smallholder of KUD Teratai Biru, Pairan said his will to be involved in getting RSPO certificate together with other members. He believed that RSPO certificate has good goal and regulation for the smallholders. This is known from the principles and criteria in RSPO. “RSPO has to implement the social and environmental cultivation sustainably,” he recently said through Whatapp.
By joining RSPO scheme, he continued, there were some goals to get, such as, to increase the standards of lives, have source of income from sustainable plantation cultivation. “We want that the world should admit the sustainable cultivation that the smallholders have done,” he said.
Imitating KUD Teratai Biru in implementing the sustainable practices would increase the lives of the smallholders and they also realize and understand more about best management practices (BMP) well, such as, harvesting, nursing, fertilizing, spraying, and others.
Besides the independent smallholders care about the safety when working in the plantations, such as, use self protection tool when applying the fertilizer. “The independent smallholders really care about the impacts to the environment around the plantation,” he said.
The most important thing, Pairan said, is that the fresh fruit bunch sold by the smallholders has sustainability trademark for having RSPO certificate. In the future, the selling would not be from the fresh fruit bunch but also from credit selling from RSPO certificate. (T2)
This article once published in InfoSAWIT December 2017