InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Last year, the palm oil moratorium (President’s Instruction No. 8 / 2018) was published. It is hoped, it could be the way to the smallholders to get the advantages.
For example, there would be potential to increase their productivity from the government’s programs, such as, the replanting program. This could be one solution for the independent smallholders cultivating in the forest regions.
According to General Secretary of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Mansuetus Darto, the policy would have good influence if it is done well such as, there would be support to make data about the smallholders’ palm oil plantations in the ‘Areal Penggunaan Lain (APL)’ or in the forest regions.
To make data about the smallholders, he continued that his side also cooperates with Yayasan Inovasi Bumi (Inobu) and General Directorate of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture to have integrated data and asked the others to do the same.
If there are data, it is hoped, the government, especially the National Land Agency could publish free certificates to them and those who cultivate in the forests would get better solution.
“We also asked that the Ministry of Forestry and Environment to define what a smallholder is, what should they get and what kind of smallholders should obey the regulation,” he said. (T2)
For more, please read InfoSAWIT, December 2018