InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – The fund reaching about Rp 2,78 billion from the government through subsidy of PEN (penanggulangan ekonomi nasional) for Palm oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) triggered the protest from the smallholders in Indonesia.
The smallholders joining in the Kaukus Petani Sawit, such as, Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Asosiasi Sawitku Masadepanku (SAMADE), Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit PIR (ASPEK PIR), and Jaringan Petani Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (JaPSBI) thought that the fund would only support the mixture of palm oil biodiesel up to 30% to diesel (B30) that some big stakeholders would enjoy.
In the corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic, the smallholders really need the subsidy from the government. From what InfoSAWIT knew, the smallholders did online petition at http://change.org/konglomeratKokDisubsidi and there have been about 7000 smallholders signing the petition.
In the online petition, Kaukus Petani Sawit urged three things, the first is that PFMA should be independent from the (palm oil) rich men’s interests. “The government through minister of finance should make the agency free from the interest,” the online petition noted.
The second is that to improve the internal of PFMA by making the directorate of reinforcement, empowerment, and smallholders’ sustainability. The third is to remind President Joko Widodo that the smallholders have no better lives during the Covid-19 pandemic. “And PFMA that you have made has been amputated for the interests of the rich men who master million hectares of plantations in the upstream sectors and industries in the downstream sectors,” the petition noted. (T2)