InfoSAWIT, BANGKOK – The 17th Annual Meeting Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – RT17) in Bangkok, Thailand was the history for the independent smallholders association from Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan province.
In the meeting, the Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Mandiri got RSPO certificate for the first time which was given by CEO RSPO, Datuk Darrel Wabber to the Manager Group of the association, YB. Zainanto Hari Widodo.
For information, Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Mandiri is made in 2019 and it started from March 2019. It tried the best to join the RSPO certification program within the support from PT. Sawit Sumbermas Sarana, Tbk.
There are 340 members of the association from two villages, they are, Sungai Rangit Jaya and Kadipi Atas in Sub district of Pangkalan Lada, District of Kotawaringin Barat Central Kalimantan province. The plantations proposed to get the certificate reached 710,54 hectares.
The programs to do after getting the certificate are encouraging the others in the two villages to join as the members of the association and join the RSPO program in 2020. The target to the new members would be about 1.000 hectares in the second surveillance in 2020.
“By getting the certificate, this would be the challenge to the association to rise the spirit of the members to implement the principles and criteria from RSPO namely in the good agricultural practices (GAP) and the awareness of the independent smallholders to document the administration. The two would be the challenges to join the RSPO program,” Group Manager of Asosiasi, Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Mandiri, YB. Zainanto Hari Widodo said.
Besides the fresh fruit bunch selling from RSPO certificate is planned to add the finance to get the new members and would be returned to the members in the form of fertilizer subsidy for their plantations so that they could get financial profits too. (T2)