PalmOilMagazine, JAKARTA – 5000 independent smallholders from three sub districts, such as, Sungai Lilin, Keluang, and Tungkal Jaya, District of Musi Banyuasin agreed to make Asosiasi Pekebun Sawadaya Mitra Hindoli.
Manajer Asosiasi Pekebun Swadaya Mitra PT. Hindoli, Syarif Hidayatullah Ritonga said that the association would be the institution to encourage the members – independent smallholders to implement the sustainable practices based on Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil (ISPO) and Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) schemes.
“The potential of independent smallholders making partnership with PT Hindoli is big enough, or about more than four thousand planters. The target of the association is about to implement sustainable palm oil practices based on ISPO and RSPO with PT Hindoli,” he said in the declaration to make Asosiasi Pekebun Swadaya Mitra Hindoli that PalmOilMagazine did attend, Tuesday (30/3/2021).
He also told that the association was made on 24 Maret 2021 in the office of Badan Usaha Milik Desa (Bumdes) Mulyo Barokah, Village of Mulyo Asih, Sub district of Keluang, District of Musi Banyuasin. In the beginning, the association had 10 independent smallholders’ organizations from the three sub districts. “The ten organizations are the partners of PT Hindoli in fresh fruit bunch purchase,” Ritonga said.
In the future, the membership of the association would be more as same as the increasing demands of the independent smallholders to join and to get the advantages from implementing sustainable palm oil practices.
PT Hindoli, in the speech represented by Smallholders, Farmer Development Lead, Cargill Tropical Oil Palm, Joko Wahyu Priadi told, would cooperate with the plasma and independent smallholders to increase the efficiency and effectiveness from the best agricultural and plantation practices.
“Our goal is about to promote sustainability, to increase the harvest, and quality of harvest to escalate the income of the smallholders where we are operating,” Joko told.
Besides, about 45% of palm oil plantations in Indonesia are cultivated by the plasma, and independent smallholders. But the public still convince that the smallholders do not have much knowledge or skill to do sustainable practices.
He continued, to support their success, collaboration from every stakeholder is in need in palm oil industries, including from the governments, non-government organizations, the companies to cooperate with the smallholders.
Since November 2020, Cargill and IDH in partnership with FORTASBI (Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Berkelanjutan Indonesia) cooperate to develop the independent smallholders as the partners of PT Hindoli to increase their capacity heading to the sustainable certification process.
“The sustainable practices would change their life in Indonesia, give the better education to their children, and guarantee the better future of the smallholders,” Joko told. (T2)