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FARMERS INFO : THE POTENCY OF PALM OIL SEEDS FRANCHISE

24 June 2014 , 16:23 WIB | Read : 1327 | By : Atep Yulianto Irawan

The central palm oil seed producers are in Sumatera and Java islands, while the needs of palm oil seeds get wider, such as in Kalimantan, Sulawesi and Papua. This makes some problems to buy seeds, especially to fulfill the farmers’ needs

To buy seeds in limited funds will make lots of additional cost.

In the beginning one farmer wanted to plant in one or two hectares only which needs 200 to 400 seeds only. For the difficulties to get seeds, it makes that the people will take the short cut by buying fake seeds or uncertified seeds besides knowing the seeds are cheaper.

This will make the farmer(s) get lost if he plants uncertified seeds for the seeds will not be in fruit after being planted for 2 or 3 years. In the end, the farmer will lost, not only in material but also in time for nursing bad seeds.

In last one decade, there was a suggestion to develop palm oil seed business in the frame of franchise as one effort of the seed producers to be closer to the consumers. But the concept was not taken as the good idea for not many seed producers implemented that concept.

Its reason was seed franchise was a very risky business, especially about the trust. If there was a seed franchise, it was afraid that the certified seeds were mixed with the uncertified ones to sell. This would be a negativ image of palm oil seed producers.

But now the franchise concept is being talked. Let us say PT Binasawit Makmur, PT Sasaran Ehsan Mekarsari and other seed producers are trying to arrange the seed franchise concepts with their own ways. On the other hand Pusat Penelitian Kelapa Sawit (PPKS) has been doing the concepts since 2004.

According to Director of PT Sasaran Ehsan Mekarsari, Reza Tirtawinata, his side is studying the palm oil seed franchise concept. If there is no obstacle, the company locating in Ciluengsi, Bogor will open seed stationeries in East Kalimantan, East Nusa Tenggara, West Manggarai for sure.

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