East Kalimantan Plantation Agency Socializes Palm Oil Infrastructure for Smallholders

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The Plantation Agency of East Kalimantan did socialization about palm oil plantation infrastructure at Hotel Astara Balikpapan, Tuesday (11/06/2024). Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, BALIKPAPAN – The East Kalimantan Plantation Agency conducted a socialization event on palm oil plantation infrastructure at Hotel Astara Balikpapan on Tuesday (June 11).

The event was inaugurated by the Head of the Plantation Agency, Ence Achmad Rafiddin Rizal, and was attended by various related parties, including the Palm Oil Plantation Infrastructure Team from the Ministry of Agriculture, the Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA), and representatives from the regencies in East Kalimantan.

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The primary objective of the socialization was to provide planters with a comprehensive understanding of the infrastructure mechanisms. In his speech, Rizal explained that the cooperation was formalized into a cooperation agreement (SPK), which was signed on April 30, 2024, at the Ministry of Agriculture’s office.

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“The cooperation would be about to distribute fund from PFMA to improve and escalate palm oil plantation infrastructures in this province,” Rizal said, as Palmoilmagazine.com quoted from the official page of Plantation Agency East Kalimantan on Thursday, June 14, 2024.

The forms of help would cover seeds, fertilizers, pesticides, post-harvest tools, processing unit, improving ways, and water management rehabilitation. Besides, the help could be transportation and agricultural machines to ease the transportation and processing of the areas by smallholders.

During the socialization, it was told that since 2021 the province got allocation fund from PFMA for many intensification programs and infrastructure development. In 2023, for instance, the fund allocation reached Rp 5,54 billion to improve the ways in palm oil plantations of Koperasi Unit Desa (KUD) Sawit Jaya that laid on about 102,0760 hectares. Nevertheless, some approaved helps, were not handed over still.

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That is why it is hoped the fund will be handed over so that the smallholders can take advantage of it to increase their plantation productivity. Rizal also said the challenges in the help distribution, including lots of terms and conditions. He emphasized that it would be significant to understand and qualify the terms and conditions as ways to support sustainable palm oil plantations.

“It is hoped the socialization would escalate the understanding and participation of smallholders’ groups, cooperation and other institutions and they would take advantages on the fund from PFMA to escalate their plantation productivity and welfare in East Kalimantan,” he said.

Besides, the changing regulation from Ministry of Agriculture would ease to get help access for planters in the future. It is hoped there would be good coordination and cooperation and the programs to escalate palm oil plantation infrastructures would run more effectively and efficiently. (T2)

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