Indonesian Legislators Agreed to Make Palm Oil Task Force

Some smallholders’ organizations and Indonesian Legislators in hearing
Indonesian Legislators Agreed to Make Palm Oil Task Force

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – In the hearing, Indonesian Legislators through Commission IV, some smallholders’ organization, and associations of stakeholders noted that palm oil plantation development faces some issues, such as, about difficult fund access for the smallholders.

The leader in the hearing, G. Budisatrio Djiwandono said that Laws No. 19 / 2013 about the Farmers’ Protection and Empowerment, and Laws No. 39 / 2014 about Plantation mandated about the special fund access to the planters.

Chapter 93 and 94 Plantation Laws mentioned that the plantation business fund derived from National Budget, Regional Budget, Crude palm oil Supporting Fund, and other legal fund. It raises question, how far the smallholders could get the advantage from the plantation fund that Palm oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) managed. Indonesian Legislators did hearing with the smallholders and stakeholders’ associations to get solution and input about palm oil fund plantation.

General Secretary of Serikat Petani Kelapa Sawit (SPKS), Mansuetus Darto said that the policies published by the government do not give impacts to the smallholders, such as, about smallholders’ replanting program (SRP). “It seems as a project not a program to empower the smallholders. The program involves PT. Surveyor Indonesia. It seems, the company takes over the function or does not maximize the functions of plantation agency,” he said, as in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Tuesday (24/11/2020).

He also thought that the government has no roadmap of SRP and the government itself is difficult to realize the targets in many regions. The government has no database about the smallholders’ plantations to get SRP.

Knowing this, the member of Commission IV, Darori Wonodipuro proposed to make palm oil task force to know and investigate plantation fund, namely about the biodiesel subsidy which reached about Rp 30 billion until now. It means that if there is corruption, it needs to put the actors in jail.

Other member from Partai Kebangkitan Bangsa, Luluk Nur Hamidah suggested the same. She thought that it is good to make palm oil fund task force to empower the smallholders. By the taskforce in PFMA,  it needs to know who the persons are – do they represent some interests or represent the smallholders?

“If it is seen, there are unusual things in PFMA. By the taskforce, the public would clearly know where the fund has gone,” she said.

Other fractions also supported the suggestion, such as, Partai Demokrasi Indonesia (PDI) Perjuangan and Partai Demokrat. (T2)


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