84 Smallholders Members of APKSSM Improving HR Quality for Sustainable Palm Oil

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84 independent smallholders, the members of APKSSM joined the training on best management practices by the early of April 2024. Photo by: Special

PALMOILMAGAZINE, RIAU – Enhancing the human resources (HR) of independent smallholders is crucial for cultivating sustainable palm oil plantations and meeting the principles and criteria of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).

In early April 2024, the Asosiasi Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Mandiri (APKSSM) conducted a Training on Best Management Practices, attended by 84 new members. This training, held in the Regency of Kuantan Singingi, Riau Province, was part of APKSSM’s ongoing efforts to promote and maintain RSPO implementation, which has been in place since 2011.

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The two-day training focused on implementing good agricultural practices for the new members.

As Palmoilmagazine.com quoted from the official page of Forum Petani Kelapa Sawit Swadaya Indonesia (Fortasbi), the goal of the training would be about to confirm that every new member would understand their rights and obligation as the members of the association.

Staff of APKSSM, Devi Kuniasasri said that the training would be about to deliver understanding and materials about RSPO, best management practices, high conservation values, the importance of using self-protection tool, work health and safety, the pesticide application, good nursery, environment cultivation and maintenance.

“Every material delivered for them in the training should be implemented by every one of them in their plantations to escalate the productivity,” Devi said.

She also mentioned, every smallholder was informed about the understandings to prevent environmental damage and should not apply 1A and 1B poisons. “They were encouraged to know what is forbidden and paraquat active pesticide application when vanishing the weeds in their plantations,” she said.

The training was supported by WWF Indonesia. It was in theories and getting practices in the field about how to control fire caterpillar which becomes one main pest for the smallholders. “Fire caterpillar is one enemy for the smallholders,” Devi said. (T2)

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