Strengthening Smallholder Data Team Capacity in South Kalimantan Province

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Suparmi, the Head of the Livestock and Plantation Agency in South Kalimantan Province, emphasized the necessity of support to address various palm oil-related challenges, including legal issues, productivity concerns, and fostering partnerships among institutions.. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, BAJARBARU – On Thursday, February 29, 2024, the Livestock and Plantation Agency of South Kalimantan Province undertook technical training to enhance the capacity of smallholder data teams. This initiative aligns with the Sustainable Palm Oil Action Plan (RAD KSB) for South Kalimantan, as mandated by Presidential Instruction Number 6/2019 and South Kalimantan Governor Regulation Number 13/2023.

Suparmi, the Head of the Livestock and Plantation Agency in South Kalimantan Province, emphasized the necessity of support to address various palm oil-related challenges, including legal issues, productivity concerns, and fostering partnerships among institutions. These partnerships involve major private companies, independent or plasma smallholders, and other stakeholders.

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“The development focus in this province is on smallholder plantations, but progress still lags behind large plantations. Therefore, it’s crucial to implement effective cultivation techniques,” remarked Suparmi, as quoted by Palmoilmagazine.com via the Information and Communication Agency of South Kalimantan Province.

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Suparmi also emphasized the approaches were proven to deliver positive impacts to realize poverty alleviation, unemployment, and expand the development in many regions. Besides, Suparmi also took heads of agency in the regency/city that deals with plantations to actively involve to get data and map in smallholders’ plantations.

“By having accurate data, we would be more effective to manage spatial particularly in forestry sectors and others to plantation commodities, and other sectors,” she said by hoping that the event would positively contribute not only to get map data but also the trigger to discuss the policy in the central government, particularly about palm oil and the industries. (T2)

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