InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Jumadi never dreamed to be a smallholder. He only helps his parents to nurse their palm oil plantations because his parents are the participants of PIR Trans in Bandar Masilan, District of Simalungun, North Sumatera since 1982.
When he was younger, he once worked in PTPN 5 since 1996 for eight years until he joined with his other friends to make an independent smallholder group. In 2008 he starts struggling for his two hectare palm oil plantation in his group.
Usaha Dagang (UD) Lestari belonging to Haji Girun is the place where the group joins. As the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) supplier to the factory of a company, the UD could supply up to 6000 tons of FFB per month and in the harvest time, the UD could supply up to 15 thousand tons of FFB per month.
Years ago, UD Lestari developed as the partner of PTPN 3 to supply the FFB belonging to the union of PTPN 3. As time goes, UD Lestari could supply the FFB to some private companies around.
The institution could also sustainably cultivate the plantations based on the principles and criteria in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). They did the platform of RSPO in cooperation with PTPN 3 but now they could independently do it.
“PTPN 3 should actually be in partner with us but because of the changing management, we have to develop by ourselves,” Jumadi said. (T1)
This article once published in InfoSAWIT, June 2019