InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – Palm oil industries want to welcome the “new normal” by implementing the tight protocol in every business line knowing that there would be new era of social life in Indonesia to face the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic.
Vice Chairman of Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), Kacuk Sumarto said that it needs the support of technology and innovation in palm oil industries to the new management both if the pandemic takes place or not.
“Facing the Covid-19, digitalization could minimize the contact and increase the worker efficiency,” he said in the online discussion, Tuesday (2/6/2020), as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.
The pandemi threatens the health, economy, and social life of the people while palm oil industries keep normally operating because palm oil is one kind of vegetable oil that the global people consume. Digitalization is the solution for the stakeholders to run the operational normally.
“The health protocol is the major aspect to face the Covid-19 pandemic. The mechanism supported by innovation and technology could be the option to minimize the contact of human resources to realize efficiency in workers perspective,” researcher of Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit, Winarma said.
He also mentioned that it is important to adjust the system and norm to implement starting from the seeding, nursery, and harvest process. He also classified everything to be implemented in the plantation operational, such as, the first is to implement the fixed shelf for every worker to minimize the contact and the mobilization. The second is the norm to nurse the harvest system by using the rotation system.
The third is that the worker should use the self – protection and working tools and theirs should not be exchanged by one to the other. The fourth is to implement the fertilization mechanism to minimize the worker needs.
Implement the smart farming which is supported by the technology and innovation, such as, the mechanism of nursery, fertilization, and harvest. The mapping, monitoring, and analyzing virtually could advantage the digital innovation to support integrated mechanism. (T2)