PalmOilMagazine, JAKAETA – The social and environmental cultivation practices in palm oil plantations are not done by the big scale companies only but also the smallholders.
It is possible if everything is done based on the regulation and understanding in the first place. For the smallholders, changing the cultivation could be done as long as it would give advantages.
Based on the experience of Manager Group KUD Tani Subur, Sutiyana, it is important to understand because the smallholders cultivate palm oil to improve their economy.
The proof is that, Sutiyana continued, he and his other smallholders in KUD Tani Subur agreed to implement sustainable palm oil scheme in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) version. They fast adapted. When there were 67 findings (criteria) to be improved, in just three months, they proved it and there were 5 findings only.
“Years before, we proposed 300 hectares only by involving 190 smallholders and we passed the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and RSPO certificates. The RSPO certificate gave us incentive about Rp 250 million. We knew that for the first time,” he said to PalmOilMagazine in the spare time of Forum Group Discussion (FGD) Minyak Sawit Berkelanjutan: Diskusi Sawit Bagi Negeri Vol. 4 in Jakarta recently.
KUD Tani Subur is in Village of Pangkalan 3, Km. 50, Sub district of Pangkalan Lada, Kotawaringin Barat, Central Kalimantan keeps developing after joining certification in ISPO and RSPO schemes.
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
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)
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