InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA - Cargill and Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (YIDH) are in cooperation to support the sustainable palm oil production for the independent smallholders in Indonesia. The goal is to increase the productivity of their plantations reaching 16.600 hectares (ha) in West Kalimantan Province and South Sumatera to be more useful for more than 8.900 smallholders.
The partnership could increase their harvest from 14 tons of fresh fruit bunch (FFB) per hectare per year in average to be, at least, 20 tons of FFB/ hectare/year by implementing the sustainable conditions to get sustainable certificate. Their plantations are in the villages around PT. Poliplant Sejahtera (PSA) Cargill and PT. Harapan Sawit Lestari (HSL) in Ketapang, Kalimantan Barat; and PT. Hindoli in Musi Banyuasin, South Sumatera. The partnership could increase the smallholders’ sources of living sustainably by getting the economic balance and environment protection.
For the next two years, Cargill and YIDH would cooperate within their partners, such as, Bentang Kalimantan and Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia (FORTASBI) to train them about the good agricultural practices and sustainable principles. Cargill runs the same partnership with 22.000 plasma smallholders in the two provinces and this would take the knowledge and experience into the new initiative.
Managing Director of Cargill Tropical Palm, Richard Low said that by encouraging the smallholders, the sustainable standards in the plantation could run based on the commitment of the company to protect the environment, increase the sources of living of the people around the company, and fulfill the sustainable palm oil demands which keep increasing.
“Cargill is committed in the palm oil supply chain which is transparent, traceable, and sustainable by obeying the “No Deforestation, No Peat, and No Exploitation” (NDPE) policy. It also covers to ensure the forest conservation, respects the workers’ rights, the indigenous and local people, increases the sources of living of the plasma smallholders, highly implements the transparent standards by reporting the traceability, the time bond - implementation plans, solves the complaint and obeys the policy which is verified by the third sides. The company would work to ensure that every product which is produced, traded, process would be the same with our commitment,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Wednesday (30/9/2020).
Executive Chairman of YIDH, Fitrian Ardiansyah said that the commitment is to ensure that every activity would contribute to increase the social and environmental impacts positively in the two provinces. “Cargill has the same points and this is important for us to collaborate and maintain the environmental conservation,” he said. (T2)