InfoSAWIT, PASER – The publication of regional regulation of District of Paser No. 9 / 2018 about the Governance and Limits of Fresh Fruit Bunch (FFB) Transportation is respected by every smallholder in the district.
Head of Advocacy, Serikat petani Kelapa sawit (SPKS) and who is also as the Chairman of Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit, District of Paser, Kanisius said that the publication of the regulation is the result of what they struggeled for in the district. The regulation aims so that the regional government officers care about the smallholders’ problems.
It started from what they did in 2018. The representatives of every subdistrict in the district agreed to urge the government to notice about the FFB price which was so cheap compared to what the government decided.
“We hope that every stakeholder obeys the regulation and could become the solution about the cheap FFB in the smallholders’ levels. We are happy that there would be supervision from the regional government by involving every stakeholder and there would be sanction if it is not run well, especially by the companies,” Kanisius said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Monday (25/3/2019).
He also mentioned that after the publication of the regulation, the smallholders could do some things, such as, by supporting them to make partnership with the companies. There have been smallholders through the unions proposing to make partnership with the nearest companies. “We hope that the companies in the district would welcome us, and the regulation would also want to know and see if the companies obey it together,” he said.
Meanwhile Chairman of SPKS, District of Paser, Iwan Himawan said that there are some advantages from the regulation, such as, the first, there would be partnership between the smallholders and the companies and it would be directly supervised by the regional government – in this case, the agency of agriculture; the second, there would be supervision from the government. For all these years, namely about the governance, there was no good supervision from the govenrment – when the government published the expensive FFB, the smallholders got the cheap one. “Learning from the cases in 2018 that the FFB was about Rp 500-600/Kg in the smallholders’ level, this was bad. The regional regulation could be the laws to monitor the FFB price in the field which the government and other stakeholders would do,” he said.
For information too, SPKS was founded on June 9th, 2006 and it was declared in 2013. The organization and the members (smallholders) would strengthen the sustainable, welfare, and independency schemes of the smallholders through the development of capacity, economic institution, and access facility in many sectors, such as, finance, policy, market access, and sustainability.
SPKS is now in five provinces and 8 districts, they are, Labuhan Batu Utara (North Sumatera), Tanjung Jabung Barat (Jambi), Rokan Hulu (Riau), Kuantan Singingi (Riau), Sanggau (West Kalimantan), Sekadau (West Kalimantan), Sintang (West Kalimantan), and Paser (East Kalimantan). Its members are about 48 thousand smallholders within the area width less than 25 hectares and they directly work in the plantations. (T2)