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not only palm oil plantation companies support independent partnership. lots of non government organizations support the independent farmers to realize partnership with the companies. besides boosting the productivity, it also helps to implement the sustainable practices in the plantations
If there were many non government organizations (NGOs) protesting national palm oil plantations, now there are some NGOs cooperating and contributing to enlarge and develop the areas to be better ones, namely in the independent farmers’ palm oil areas.
What the NGOs protested could still be heard until now. But the emerges of NGOs which guide the indipendent farmers to realize more productive areas could be the better step to realize the environmental palm oil plantation than protesting the farmers with no action.
For example, Yayasan Setara Jambi, which guides the indipendent farmers in five villages in District of West Tanjung Jabung, Jambi Province.
Yayasan Setara focuses to organize the farmers by making the farmers group until they join Farmers Groups Association. Besides guiding them to make association, Yayasan Setara Jambi tries to support the indipendent farmers in implementing the Principles and Criteria in Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
But the facts in the field show, not every farmer could join the RSPO certification process. There are some of them having their plantation areas in the forest regions.
So the RSPO certification process will be tested to the farmers reaching 300 families. Referring to the information from Yayasan Setara Jambi, to get the RSPO certificates, Yayasan Setara has prepared the Internal Control System (ICS), by making the Independent Farmers Forum Merlung Renah Mendaluh (IFF – MRM). The members are themselves from the farmers groups.
Besides Setara Jambi, there is also Perkumpulan Elang guiding the indipendent farmers in Village of Dosan, District of Siak, Riau Province. In the official press conference, which InfoSAWIT got, it mentioned, in 2003, palm oil came to Village of Dosan. It was proposed by the Regional Government of Siak. It was to support the villagers economy.
After socializing it, the farmers planted palm oil and in 2008, palm oil plantations which the villagers cultivated were in harvest. “In the same time, we tried to cultivate environmental palm oil plantation,” Head of Village of Dosan, Firdaus mentioned.
The implementation of environmental palm oil plantation started to be effective in 2009. Two years after that, the villagers of Dosan committed to run in sustainable practices and promised not to enlarge their plantation in the village, and tried to protect the forests which reaching 400 hectares.
To implement the principles and criteria in RSPO, the farmers/villagers of Dosan are guided by NGO, Perkumpulan Elang and Greenpeace by avoiding to enlarge palm oil plantations in the forests and wetland.
Now the indipendent farmers which reaching 200 families and cultivating 723 hectares areas and joining Villager Cooperation Bungo Tanjung have agreed to be the member of Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). “We appreciate the progress of our VC. In the beginning, we had limited knowledge to cultivate and to access. But now we are the members of RSPO,” Chairman of Perkumpulan Elang, Santo Kurniawan said.
Initiative of IDH
The other non government organization supporting sustainable palm oil plantation development is IDH, an organization which . . .