Another region has pledged its commitment to implement the mandate of Presidential Instruction 6/2019 regarding the National Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil (NAP SPO), which is West Sulawesi Province.
This was revealed during a visit from the West Sulawesi Province Plantation Office, accompanied by the Yayasan KEHATI and the Sulawesi Community Foundation (SCF) to the Office of the Directorate of Processing and Marketing of Plantation Products (PPHP), the Ministry of Agriculture on 3 June 2021.
Mr. Dedi Junaedi, Director of PPHP, welcomed the visit and emphasized the importance of the Plantation Office as an entity in charge of the plantation sub-sector and its significant value of plantation commodities for West Sulawesi regions.
The UNDP SPOI team also participated in this meeting to share experiences and knowledge in implementing the NAP SPO.
West Sulawesi has a diverse profile of commodities such as cocoa, coconut shell briquettes exported to consumers in the Middle East, and coffee commodities exported by farmers as informed by the Head of PPHP of the West Sulawesi Plantation Service, Kimoto Bado.
However, the focus of this visit was to present their achievements and commitment to the development of sustainable palm oil commodities.
West Sulawesi is currently initiating the Provincial Action Plan for Sustainable Palm Oil (PAP SPO), expected to be ratified by Governor Regulation. Head of Business Development Section for the West Sulawesi Plantation Office, Agustina Palimbong, said that the drafting process had begun in October 2020.
In November 2020, the West Sulawesi PAP SPO Drafting Team was established by Governor's Decree No: 188.4/434/Sulbar/XI/2020. The team consisted of multiple elements from related regional apparatus organizations and non-government elements, namely the SCF and Yayasan KEHATI.
"Until to date, West Sulawesi has submitted a request for harmonization of the draft regional regulations to the Directorate General of Regional Autonomy, the Ministry of Home Affairs and in the process of review by the cross-sectoral team in West Sulawesi. It was concluded that the PAP draft is in line with the Omnibus Law on Job Creation," said Agustina.
In addition to conveying the progress of the PAP SPO, Agustina also conveyed the development of STD-B facilitation support in West Sulawesi Province from 2019 to 2021.
The total palm oil land cover plantations in West Sulawesi are 158,755 ha, of which 89,442 ha are smallholder plantations or 56.34% of the total palm oil land in the province. Meanwhile, until 2021, the facilitation of the STB-B issuance has reached 1,811 ha of oil palm land, which includes ± 1,101 smallholder farmers.
In addition, there is still 3,706 ha currently in the facilitation process so that the total facilitation for the issuance of STD-B reaches 5,517 ha or 6.17% of the total community-owned oil palm plantation in West Sulawesi. This facilitation was carried out in 27 villages out of a total of 158 villages in West Sulawesi. In 2021, it is targeted that there will be at least 800 STD-B issuances.
Besides STD-B facilitation, other activities are also in the initiation process, i.e., preparing two RSPO certification groups in Pasangkayu and Mamuju Tengah Districts. The latter is done through a series of training activities, institutional strengthening of smallholders, the Internal Control System (ICS), and compliance with the principles, criteria, and indicators of the RSPO scheme.
Rostanto Suprapto, representing the KEHATI Foundation, stated that the support from various parties highly depends on the commitment of the West Sulawesi Provincial Plantation Office. West Sulawesi proves this by being the fastest pilot location in terms of STD-B issuance.
This series of visits proved that many regions are eager to develop sustainable palm oil as mandated by Presidential Instruction 6/2019. However, this effort must be carried out with the cooperation and multi-stakeholder collaboration so that the goal of Indonesian sustainable palm oil can be implemented in a structured, systematic, massive, and collaborative manner.