Andi Nur Encourages Use of E-Catalog Rather than Auction in Palm Oil Infrastructure Procurement

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Andi Nur Alam Syah, the General Director of the Plantation Ministry of Agriculture. Photo by: Ministry of Agriculture

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Andi Nur Alam Syah, the General Director of the Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, expressed concern over the lack of clear integrated cooperation between the Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) and the Government Procurement Policy Agency (LKPP).

He emphatically stressed that the infrastructure procurement for the Smallholders Replanting Program (SRP) must utilize the e-E – catalogue instead of opting for an auction, as the latter would consume significant time.

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During a coordination meeting held in the auditorium of the Ministry of Agriculture on Friday (1/12/2023), he warned, “If the procurement goes through an auction, it won’t be completed by next year. It will be delayed,” said Andi Nur as quoted by

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Andi thought that the lack coordination among General Directorate of Plantation, PFMA, and LKPP made infrastructures for smallholders late to be distributed. He questioned about technical recommendation which was not realized since 2022, the slow distribution of fertilizer and production infrastructures.

Andi thought everything would be useless if only getting technical recommendation without having distribution management well. He emphasized that it is urgent to get integrated technical recommendation between PFMA and his directorate because everything is crucial to keep palm oil plantation productivity remaining high in this country.

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He also mentioned that if there is no integrated technical recommendation Indonesia should not hope to maintain highly plantation productivity. This significantly needs to be improved and emphasized integrated E-catalogue to procure infrastructures so that SRP would run well.

Meanwhile Director of Palm Oil and Various Palm General Directorate of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture, Ardi Praptono said infrastructure program in palm oil had been delivered in 20 provinces and 103 districts of palm oil centers. (T2)

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