Challenges Faced by Independent Smallholders in Accessing SRP Funds from PFMA

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Replanting. Photo by: Sawit Fest 2021 / Aprilia Goverty

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – Rukaiyah Rafik, the Chief of the Secretariat of the Sustainable Palm Oil Smallholders Forum Indonesia (Fortasbi), expressed concerns about the challenges faced by smallholders in accessing funds for the Smallholders Replanting Program (SRP). She highlighted the issue, citing the numerous qualifications required to obtain funding, which many smallholders struggle to meet.

According to a report on Palmoilmagazine.com, dated Friday, February 22, 2024, Rukaiyah suggested simplifying the SRP fund proposal process by focusing on land ownership among smallholders. She emphasized that the crucial factor is for smallholders to have ownership of their plantations.

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Fortasbi, established in 2014, is a forum comprising various non-governmental organizations and smallholders’ associations in Indonesia. Its primary objective is to enhance the capacity of independent smallholders to attain sustainable certifications.

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According to the information, Fortasbi now develops to have 56 forum members. It developed 14.687 smallholders within total palm oil plantations about 32.987 hectares within 1.043.417 tons fresh fruit bunch per year that got sustainable certification, or equal to 208.683 tons crude palm oil (CPO) per year.

The limited access to get SRP fund would be main issue for independent smallholders to escalate plantation productivity and sustainable business of theirs. “That is why simple process and criteria to get SRP fund would be crucial to support their welfare and progress in Indonesia,” she whose familiar name, Uki, said. (T2)

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