West Pasaman to Expand Smallholders Replanting Program

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Regency of West Pasaman, West Sumatera Province realized smallholders replanting program that laid on 2.099 hectares in 2018. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, WEST PASAMAN – The Regency of West Pasaman in West Sumatera Province has successfully implemented the Smallholders Replanting Program (SRP) across 2,099 hectares from 2018 to 2023. The initiative aims to boost plantation productivity and enhance the welfare of smallholders in the region.

“In 2024, we aim to cover an additional 750 hectares, as targeted by the Ministry of Agriculture, with funding from the Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA),” said Afrizal, Acting Head of the Plantation and Livestock Agency for the Regency of West Pasaman, in Simpang Empat, as reported by Palmoilmagazine.com from Antara.

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Afrizal noted that the SRP has brought significant benefits to smallholders in the regency. The program has helped increase plantation productivity, improve plant quality, and elevate the welfare of the smallholders.

Also Read: Smallholders Replanting Program (SRP) Covers 18,573 Hectares with 8,042 Participants in West Kalimantan Province

According to the Regulation of Minister of Finance Number 84 / 2017 about Smallholders Replanting Program Fund Allocation. It is about to escalate the plantation productivity, confirm to optimally take advantages. It was also socialized to the smallholders in the regency.

The terms and conditions to propose SRP are the trees should be more than 25 years old, the production per hectare in a seven – year old plantation is less than 10 tons per year, planted fake seeds and the width should minimally be 50 hectares in 10 kilometer – radius.

The proposal should be through the application of SRP that involved smallholders (proposal account), regency (verification proposal), province (verification proposal) and the central.

The program is supported by having documents about business rights on land which was published by National Land Agency/Agrarian and Spatial from the regency and documents about the areas should be out of forest that was published by BPKH Region 1, Medan, North Sumatera Province.

Afrizal said that West Pasaman lays on about 189.508 hectares. Of the numbers, , 62.574 hectares are big companies’ palm oil plantations, and 126.934 hectares are the smallholders’ ones. With the potential SRP, only 2 percent got the program.

“If we compared to the potential smallholders’ plantations, SRP just reached 2 percent only,” he said. (T2)

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