InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Though it is not much, the independent stallholders could be parts of sustainable palm oil in the world. That is why every side needs to hard work to the independent smallholders could implement the palm oil standards.
Slow but sure, the independent smallholders keep trying to be parts of the sustainable palm oil chain supply. Until 2019 there are about 26 groups of them within about 11.917 hectares (ha) and 4.379 men.
Though they are not big, the independent smallholders in Indonesia contribute about 35.136 tons of certified crude palm oil (CPO) and 3.577 tons of palm kernel oil (PKO) in every single year in the global markets.
If compared to their plantations which are about 4 million hectares, their certification would be not much and every side needs to work hard to encourage and help them to implement the sustainable palm oil standards.
The Independent Smallholders Groups as the Members of RSPO
The achievement of the independent smallholders in Indonesia is the evidence that they within all weakness and limits, as a matter of fact, could implement the sustainable standards though the standards are difficult to implement because of external factors.
But since 2013 until now, slowly but surely, one by one, their groups got Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificates and would increase in the future.
The RSPO certificate is one standard model that they are interested in. not only because of the changing progress of principles and criteria (P&C) that use approach in phase but also the available incentive by selling their products within the certificate is the most interesting one for them.
Now there are 10 traders of their products within the value reaching up to US$ 700.000/year. The fund that the groups got would be used to manage internal control system (ICS), fund the surveillance, train the members, give incentive for the members, and fund the environmental recovery.
In the next ten years, the RSPO certificate would be more interesting for them namely when RSPO initiative would be made simply in its P&C for the independent smallholders. It is planned that the standards would run in 2020. Besides, the document of ‘Share Responsibility’ has been formulated for those who are interested in the sustainable palm oil to encourage the full implementation.
Now the smallholders have chances to get in and be parts of the sustainable palm oil pioneers in the world within the main condition, they should not plant or develop palm oil in the illegal areas or should be committed to ‘no deforestation, no peat, and no exploitation’.
When all of them want to get into the certification system, there are some to notice about incentives, they are, the first, the support of the foreign buyers and consumers to the certified palm oil products of the smallholders. (Rukaiyah Rafik /Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (Fortasbi) & Director of Yayasan Setara Jambi)
This article once published in InfoSAWIT, July 2019