Cultivation Training for 89 Smallholders in Aceh Conducted by PFMA, General Directorate of Plantation, and IPB Training

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Cultivation Training for 89 Smallholders in Aceh Conducted by PFMA, General Directorate of Plantation, and IPB Training. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, BANDA ACEH – The Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA), under the General Directorate of Plantation of the Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with PT. Global Scholarship Services Indonesia (Institut Pertanian Bogor/IPB Training), organized technical training on palm oil cultivation in Aceh Province for grades 1, 3, and 4.

The training took place from May 13th to 17th, 2024, at the Hotel Grand Nanggroe Aceh in Banda Aceh, Aceh Province. Hariyadi, representing IPB as a speaker, emphasized that palm oil has emerged as a crucial contributor to exports, generating up to Rp 600 trillion annually. This surpasses the revenue from oil and gas, which stands at Rp 200 trillion per year.

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He further highlighted palm oil’s role as a national economic hero, having supported the economy during recession periods in 1998 and the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic from 2019 to 2020. Hariyadi made these remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2024 training program for grades 1, 3, and 4.

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“The training to develop palm oil human resource development with the participants about 25 smallholders from Regency of West Aceh and 64 smallholders from Regency of Nagan Raya. The goal would be about to escalate their knowledge and skills to nurse palm oil plantations and escalate their skills and insight to control pest organism in palm oil plantations,” he said as in the official statement to Palmoilmagazine.com, Tuesday (4/6/2024).

Head of Plantation Agency Ministry of Agriculture and Plantation Aceh Province, Fakhrurrazi in his speech representing the Head of Agriculture Agency Aceh, Cut Huzaimah said that the government really supports palm oil plantation sustainability by hoping that the training would help the smallholders to escalate their harvest and welfare.

Head of Agriculture Counseling and Human Reseource Agency, Mukhlis said, one weakness in palm oil plantations in the province was the minimal regenerations of doing (palm oil) business. He hoped that training would help young generations to continue the parents’ business better.

The training was joined by 89 smallholders from the two regencies. They got theory in the class and field visit to PT Agro Sinergi Nusantara to see in person how the good palm oil cultivation runs.

The field visit was divided to be three locations, they were, the mature plants, seeds, and immature plants. They got materials and sample of palm oil seeds, the good and effective harvest technic. They were very enthusiastic in the field visit and they questioned a lot.

“It is hoped the training would be the place for every participant to get wider knowledge and more specific about mill to get personal advatnages and the progress of Indonesia’s palm oil sectors,” Hariyadi said. (T2)

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