InfoSAWIT, BANDUNG – The workshop about the socialization and project work plans between German and Indonesia in the name of GIZ SASCI (Deutche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit, Sustainable Agricultural Supply Chains) was done in Hotel Sheraton Bandung, 29 - 30 January 2020. It was initiated by GIZ SASCI which the chairman is Per Rasmunssen as the project leader and officially inaugurated by the Secretary of General Directorate of Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, Antarjo Dikin.
Per Rasmunssen said that the GIZ is the next project which the government of German initiated from BMZ DC “Climate and Forest Protection 2018 – 2020” within the goal, to increase the sources of living of the poor villagers in Indonesia by protecting the natural habitat and cultivate the forest sustainably, and avoid the deforestation and degraded areas which lead to the decreasing of green-house gas. There are three projects from the program, they are, FORCLIME and PROPEAT which would be done together with ministry of environment and forestry, and SASCI which would be done with ministry of agriculture.
SASCI program was designed in 2017, within ministry of agriculture as the political partner to solve the deforestation issues in forestry and agricultural sectors. The technical agreement of the cooperation between German and Indonesia through GIZ was through general directorate of plantation and signed in May 2019. In GIZ nationally, general director of plantation is as the chief director, director of processing and marketing of plantation is as the secretary and the secretary of general directorate of plantation is as the member, together with other 7 stakeholders.
In his speech, Antarjo Dikin said that his side really appreciated the making of GIZ SASCI to increase the welfare of the rubber farmers and the smallholders for they were pressed because of the dynamic price in the world. Though it is firstly initiated in District of Kapuas Hulu, it is hoped that it could be replicated in other rubber and palm oil centers to increase the welfare of the people.
In the rubber, the help of the project would give the capacity building to the planters in the remote areas by hoping that there would be no deforestation when planting the rubber trees or palm oil trees. The development of integrated farmers (smallholders) should implement, at least, no deforestation within the good agricultural practices (GAP) and would increase the premium products. It is hoped too that the tire company, Continental German would buy in premium price.
In the future it is hoped that the cooperation between the two countries in GIZ for the rubber to German could give the price subsidy to the rubber farmers indirectly if it is sold to the Continental more expensive without the dynamic price globally. Besides, it is proposed that if the price is not expensive, the German company could invest in Indonesia by constructing the rubber factory for the interest of the European countries and sell the downstream products to the world so that the people’s production (rubber) could be absorbed.
“About the implementation of Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) for palm oil, we also proposed that it should be equally admitted with RSPO that European Union accepted. If it is not accepted still, what component should be improved,” Antarjo said.
He also thought that in macro we need to support sustainability to make the world secured from the climate changes and green – house gas. “But we do ask that the countries whole over the world should not advantage Indonesia to save the world lungs without compensation to poverty alleviation of the planters in the remote areas,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT. (T2)