PT RPN’s Palm Oil Cultivation Training, Supported by PFMA and General Directorate of Plantation, Engaged 103 Participants

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103 smallholders got palm oil cultivation technical training from PT RPN with the supports from PFMA and General Directorate of Plantation on 24 - 29 June 2024 in Medan. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, JAKARTA – PT. Riset Perkebunan Nusantara (RPN) organized a palm oil cultivation technical training program supported by the Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) and the General Directorate of Plantations, Ministry of Agriculture.

The training was attended by 103 participants (smallholders) from the Regency of Labuhan Batu Utara, North Sumatra Province, and was conducted in three phases over six days, from June 24 to 29, 2024, in Medan.

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The training aimed to implement the development program in Human Resources for Oil Palm Plantations (SDMPKS), focusing on enhancing smallholders’ capacity and skills in cultivation techniques.

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Iman Yani Harahap, Director of PT RPN, emphasized that the company was entrusted by PFMA and the General Directorate of Plantations to conduct the training, which included modules on palm oil cultivation techniques.

“The training was joined by the smallholders from Regency of Labuhanbatu Utara, North Sumatera Province with some goals to achieve,” Harahap said, as in the official statement to Palmoilmagazine.com, Wednesday (26/6/2024).

The other goals of the training were the smallholdrs should know about area preparation, nursing the plants, and how to control plant pest organism.

“In the implementation, PT Riset Perkebunan Nusantara (RPN) through Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit (PPKS) significantly played its roles to deveop human resources in palm oil sectors. PPKS is dedicated to escalate their knowledge, skills, and capacity in this business,” Harahap said.

The materials covered up the policies and regulations in palm oil plantations, the materials to plant, area preparations, planting technic, nursing, and plant pest control (pests, diseases, and weeds).

Herly Kurniawan, the Secretary of SDM PKS Development Team in General Directorate of Plantation Ministry of Agriculture; M. Apuk Ismane as the Chairman of Work Team in Training Labor and Institution BPPSDMP, Ministry of Agriculture, and Head of Livestock and Plantation Agency North Sumatera Province, Benua Pane really appreciated the training.

Head of Agriculture Agency, Regency of Labuhanbatu Utara, Sudarija also appreciated PFMA, General Directorate of Plantation and Livestock and Plantation Agency North Sumatera for their supports to conduct the training. It was about theories and field practices.

One smallholder, Asnan said that he was very lucky to get the chance. “I thank PFMA and General Directorate of Plantation for the chance to join the training. By having materials from every instructor, we do hope to go home and apply what we have got,” he said.

To get more understanding about area map technic, PT RPN took the smallholders to visit the plantations of PT Adolina that belonged to PT Perkebunan Nusantara IV in Sub district of Perbaungan, Regency of Serdang Bedagai, North Sumatera Provnce to practice what they got during the training. (T2)

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