InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Deputy of Coordinator Ministry in Food and Agriculture Coordination, Coordinator Ministry in Economy, Musdhalifah Machmud said that the sustainable and social palm oil cultivation referring to Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) still faces challenges, such as, in eight years (2011 – 2018), just about 30% of palm oil plantations got ISPO certificate.
It needs to implement the ISPO mechanism namely when taking decision should be more accountable, transparent, and fulfilling the Standards of International Certification System. It needs to re-formulate the principles and criteria in ISPO based on the consumers and producers’ need of, and other negative challenges, such as, deforestation, biodiversity, the child to work, free palm oil products, and others.
That is why ISPO needs to be strengthened immediately. She also told that the draft of President’s Instruction about ISPO runs well.
She thought, it is now in harmonization process in the Ministry of Laws and Human Rights. There would be public hearing. If there is no issue to go, the regulation would be given to the President’s Office to be processed again. Then the related minister would sign the regulation and would be signed by the president.
If every process runs well, the regulation for it runs too long and should be adjusted with the latest technology, dynamic, and available trend.
“One thing to do is that the smallholders would be easy to get ISPO certificate,” she said in the Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Sawit Berkelanjutan: Diskusi Sawit Bagi Negeri Vol. 3 within the theme,”Peluang Pasar Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia’ that InfoSAWIT did in Hotel Akmani, Jakarta in the early of August 2019.
It is important to strengthening the ISPO policy to answer the negative accusations about palm oil from Indonesia. There are some things that the government should do, such as, the first, improving the governance of ISPO certificate by making the participation, accountability, and transparency.
The second, re-managing the ISPO Commission from its membership, duty, and function. The third is to function the National Accreditation Commission in the ISPO certification system. The fourth is perfecting the standards and conditions in ISPO certification and the fifth is developing the credible independent monitoring mechanism. (T2)
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