InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – In several months, the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) gets better price in some provinces where the palm oil plantations grow though it is not significant. But this is the good news for the smallholders.
Unfortunately when the FFB gets more expensive, the K Index – as one indicator to calculate the FFB – is high too. This makes the smallholders not get the better FFB price in the field.
Organization and Membership Manager, Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Sabarudin urged General Directorate of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture not to ignore this. “The General Directorate of Plantation knows the progress of FFB in every province and it needs to evaluate the high K Index because this is the loss for the smallholders,” he recently said.
He also mentioned that if the FFB is cheap, it would really influence the smallholders. This could force them to nurse their plantations as what they could. Some even did not fertilize theirs because of no money to buy. “It this is the situation, the idea of the government to realize the sustainable plantation through the roadmap and others would not be realized,” he said.
Chairman of SPKS in District of Paser, Iwan Himawan said that the FFB Team of the province should be strong which means that every sector in the districts should involve in. It should start from the data input from the factories up to the monitoring. “Do not let the data given by the factories be fiction or scrambled,” he said.
He also mentioned that in East Kalimantan, it needs to do meeting in every region where palm oil develops; the plantation agency which deals with the cultivation should do meeting in the provincial level.
Actually, the regulation about the FFB price needs the review because it does not firmly regulate the sanction to the factories/companies that do not obey the price decision. Besides, it needs to make the FFB price grouping in the district level. “It needs to re-check the components in the K index to be fair for the smallholders,” he said. (T2)