InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Train (railway) is the best option to tranport crude palm oil (CPO) in the future in Sumatera as the center palm oil production nationally. In North Sumatera, the Netherland run the concept since 1883 to transport tobacco. It is time for the government to take the privates and regional governments to make train rail (system) through private public partnership. The railway of CPO Jambi-Pekanbaru-Dumai could be parallel with the highway project of Trans Sumatera that the government prepares to run.
The bad infrastructure is a usual thing. The truck full of CPO, stucked in the muddy hole in the main way in palm oil centers is routine activity when the rainy season comes.
The long line is unavoidable. The line would be no more after the next five hours – the truck has been dragged from the muddy hole. Unfortunately some hours later, the line takes place because other truck gets the same situation.
The bad infrastructure in the hinterland of palm oil centers in Sumatera and Kalimantan makes the stakeholders worry and it threatens the competitiveness nationally in the future. The land (infrastructure) is the mainstay to transport the palm oil production, such as, fresh fruit bunch, and CPO.
But Majalah InfoSAWIT, December 2012 noted that the government should not depend on the connecting road system among the palm oil centers in the future but also its connectivity to the export port. But more than that, it needs the good and economic transportation. The option is railway system.
In Sumatera the railway to transport goods is limited still (such as in Tanjung Balai/Asahan-Medan-Belawan) to transport CPO. In southern Sumatera to transport the coal, it is famously known as coal railway or angkutan batubara rangkaian panjang (babaranjang) which connects Panjang (Lampung)- Kertapati (Palembang).
The railway is the best option to solve the connectivity to transport the goods to increase the competitiveness of logistic in Indonesia which could be expensive. But railway has its superiority.
There are many sides, including the World Bank, shout out loud that Indonesia should accelerate the connectivity to support the industries which are oriented in domestic and export within efficient logistic cost. (T1)