InfoSAWIT, BANGKOK - In the beginning, Sutiyana, the smallholder of Village of Pangkalan 3, Km. 50, Sub district of Pangkalan Lada, Kotawaringin Barat, Central Kalimantan did not believe that the sustainable certificate would give more advantages than the issues.
Hearing the scheme makes the smallholders dizzy and thinking that the sustainable palm oil scheme would be the burden for them. They already got economic advantages by selling the fresh fruit bunch (FFB) for all these years.
But after learning, studying, and understanding it, joining the process of RSPO scheme for the independent smallholders has more advantages.
He told that in the first place when joining it, the independent smallholders of RSPO were about 179 families and about 327 hectares of palm oil plantations in Koperasi Unit Desa Tani Subur. After joining the sustainable palm oil certificate process, their income increased because their FFB were produced based on the good agricultural practices (GAP) and the markets were widely open.
Knowing that, the ex-plasma smallholders in the region wanted to join it. He told that 500 families within about 1100 hectares of plantations wanted to join the program – sustainable palm oil certification scheme. “We are divided into two KUD, such as, KUD Tani Subur reaching about 830 hectares and the rests were in KUD Berkat Maju within the total plantations reaching about 1.420 hectares,” he recently in Bangkok
By implementing the sustainable scheme, the profits came all of a sudden when the FFB was in fluctuation as same as the crude oil price in the world. Their credit selling result of the sustainable palm oil could reach Rp 2 billion.
For the FFB price was not so stable, the sustainable palm oil credit selling was developed by the smallholders by dividing into three groups, such as, 30% in cash for the smallholders; 30% for the operational cost in the union; and 30% for developing the business of the union; and 10% for the cash in the union. (T2)
For more, please read InfoSAWIT, January 2020