Pontianak – Palm oil stakeholders in West Kalimantan (Kalbar) shown their enthusiasm in responding to the draft Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (MER) Scheme for Presidential Instruction Nr 6/ 2019 on the National Action Plan for Sustainable Oil Palm Plantations for 2019-2024 (NAP SPO) during a consultation meeting on 25 February 2021 held by the Provincial Plantation Service.
Sustainable Palm Oil Project (SPOI), a partnership between the Ministry of Agriculture and UNDP, facilitated the consultation meeting in collaboration with the Indonesian Ecolabeling Institute (LEI).
In the beginning, the West Kalimantan Provincial Plantation Office and representatives of the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs (CMEA) provide opening remarks. The two remarks briefly explained that the design of the MER scheme or the NAP SPO is a follow-up to the Presidential Instruction to ensure that the goals and objectives of sustainable palm oil development are well achieved.
One of the responses came from Lorenz - IDH, who emphasized that the reporting scheme design shall not overlap with data and reports from other agencies. Another important input is the possibility to integrate agronomic aspects such as land productivity and the volume of Agri-input provision as one of the significant monitoring parameters.
Representatives of the Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Association (APKASINDO) mentioned the problem of the fluctuated price of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) and expected sound judgement of the relevant agencies in regulating the price. They also mentioned that the Community Oil Palm Rejuvenation (PSR) program is expected to ease smallholders in complying and submitting the requirements and the eligibility criteria.
Sintang District, one of the SPOI working areas in West Kalimantan, has already enacted the District Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil (DAP SPO) and hopes that there will be a synchronization that will eventually facilitate the reporting. The main constraint at this time is the unintegrated database and constraints on budget reallocation by the government offices.
Dr Herryadi, as the main resource person from LEI, responded to the questions by agreeing that there needs to be coordination between the National Implementing Team (TPN) and the Sub National Implementing Team (TPD) in implementing the NAP SPO’s MER scheme.
"Challenges in field implementation need to be included in the reporting so that it can be identified and followed up," added Dr Herryadi.
The guidelines for the preparation of the sub-national action plan have included the MER scheme and currently in the finalization stage at the Directorate General of Regional Development, Ministry of Home Affairs. The SPOI team will facilitate the socialization of this guideline document to all palm oil-producing regions.
Cahya Dewi, the representative from West Kalimantan Provincial Plantation Office, concluded the meeting by stating that there will be follow up actions by strengthening the TPD to finalize and implement the Provincial Action Plan for Sustainable Oil Palm Plantation (PAP SPO).
Writing by : Agus Hekso Proklamanto
Editing by : Andreas Rahutomo