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The Palm Oil Buyers in European Union Should Care about the Smallholders in Indonesia



The Palm Oil Buyers in European Union Should Care about the Smallholders in Indonesia

InfoSAWIT, ULTRECT – In the routine meeting, Amsterdam Declaration Forum is one place of the buyers who are committed in sustainable palm oil. The smallholders joining Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), asked for and recommended five things to the Forum.

The first is that many initiatives involved the buyers and cooperate to traceability level still not to the empowerment of the smallholders.  These make the buyers obliged to join the Road Map of the independent smallholders to empower them in every initiative in Indonesia. “It needs to begin their (smallholders) empowerment,” General Secretary of SPKS, Mansuetus Darto said in Ultrect, Netherland in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Friday (14/6/2019).

The second is that the legal smallholders in Indonesia do not get the advantage and the better price from the platform of the buyers who are committed to sustainability. It means that the buyers should ask for the companies which the smallholders supply the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) to directly buy the FFB within the market and government’s price principles.

The third is that the buyers should know that the direct FFB selling to the factory could multiply the smallholders’ income about 20-30% from nowadays price.

The fourth is that the buyers should ensure that the smallholders who protect the high conservation value (HCV) are equal to the smallholders who got the RSPO certificates. Based on the field condition, the smallholders who protect the HCV are more sustainable. “The smallholders do not get the certificate because of high cost to get it. So it needs other equal model and approach within sustainable principles,” he said.

The fifth is that the buyers should ask the companies in Indonesia for the smallholders’ needs and the good price within the market access principles. “The solution is that the direct selling traceability to the factory would increase their income up to 20 – 30% from nowadays price,” Darto said. (T2)

 


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