Chairman of FPKS Kutai Timur Highlights Local Palm Oil Pride and Development Plans

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The inauguration of Chairman of FPKS Kutai Timur (Kutim) in the hall of Meranti, Kutim Regent Office, Saturday (22/6/2024). Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, SANGATTA – Nasaruddin, recently inaugurated as Chairman of Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit (FPKS) Kutai Timur (Kutim), expressed pride in the region’s palm oil products. Speaking at the Meranti Hall, Kutim Regent Office on Saturday (22/6/2024), he emphasized their locally branded palm cooking oil, such as the ‘Kutim’ brand.

He also urged the regional government to support the establishment of a palm oil mill in the regency to bolster downstream sectors. “We appreciate the government’s backing for independent smallholders and regional initiatives aimed at developing palm oil downstream industries,” Nasaruddin stated.

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Highlighting the challenges faced by independent smallholders who lack mills, he underscored the importance of developing downstream sectors. This move is crucial as large companies in Kutim primarily own plantations, making it difficult for independent smallholders to market their harvests effectively.

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“We encourage to have downstream sectors in Kutim. By having facilities, such as, refinery, crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative products, for instance, palm cooking oil, soap, and cosmetics, would be produced by ourselves. Do not sell palm oil anymore. We should process it here to be products,” he said, as quoted from Gonews, Sunday (23/6/2024).

The inauguration of FPKS should be the moment to smallholders’ independency in Kutim and develop downstream sectors in the region. With the supports from the government and cooperation with related companies, FPKS would be optimist to escalate the smallholders’ welfare and would contribute to the economy regionally.

The representatives of the companies that attended the inauguration would be serious to support the initiatives to develop downstream sectors in Kutim, creating positive synergy with the independent smallholders.

Regent of Kutim, Ardiansyah Sulaiman emphasized that the regional government would keep supporting smallholders and developing downstream sectors in the region.

“We would keep cooperating with FPKS and other related parties to confirm that palm oil plantations in Kutim would develop well and maximally deliver advantages for the people,” Ardiansyah said.

The inauguration was attended by some figures, such as, Vice Chairman of Representative Council, Mahyudin; Regent of Kutim, Ardiansyah Sulaiman; Vice Chairman of Kutim Legislators Arfan; member of Commission A Kutim Legislators, Fitriani, and many companies in the region. (P2)

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