BAPPENAS (National Development Planning Agency) coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture for the implementation of the NAP-SPO and the progress of the DAP of West Kalimantan and DAP of Sintang

SEPTEMBER 20,2019

Jakarta - The Ministry of Agriculture as an Implementing Partner needs to coordinate with BAPPENAS in relation to the implementation of the NAP-SPO. Dr. Kasdi Subagyono, Director General of  Plantation, Ministry of Agriculture, stressed that "NAP-SPO needs to be supported by the existence of a legal umbrella so that budget allocation will be prioritized nationally ". It is also necessary to coordinate between the work areas, policy strategies, programs and activities that have dig into each Directorate in accordance with their respective main tasks and functions. The Director General of Plantations also hopes that the NAP-SPO supports the role of smallholders mainly partnerships scheme. "We recommend that the scheme of smallholders on how to build household industry level, there is an off-taker mechanism, and traceability associated with the plantations and palm oil mill" said Dr. Kasdi Subagyono. The NAP-SPO Financing Scheme is strived to be flexible with mainly originating from the APBN (Anggaran Penerimaan dan Belanja Negara-State Budget) and also from other relevant sources, such as BPDP KS (Badan Pengelola Dana Perkebunan Kelapa Sawit-Oil Palm Plantation Fund Management Agency). Some of the Directorates invited were the Directorate of Seeding, the Directorate of Plantation Protection, the Directorate of Annual Crops and Refreshing Plants, BPPSDMP (Badan Penyuluhan dan Pengembangan Sumberdaya Pertanian-Agricultural Extension and Development Agency), and the Planning Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture and the technical coordinator and budgeting came from BAPPENAS from the Directorate of Food and Agriculture. All lines of the directorate of the Ministry of Agriculture fully support the NAP-SPO, by conducting intensive communication with the Planning Bureau of the Ministry of Agriculture in order to enter the Agriculture Strategic Plan.

FoKSBI was briefly mentioned and expected to be focused more on the implementation plan by strengthening institutions at the national, provincial and district levels. BPPSDMP supports the implementation of NAP-SPO throughout strengthening the institutional capacity of smallholders at the District level (both through counselling, education and training). BPPSDMP representative explained "Millennial planters are our tagline to modernize plantations and also advance agricultural human resources". BPPSDMP also said that the challenge faced was the difficulty in getting extension workers and the extension workers in the area were limited both in capacity and capability because they were polyvalent (multi-crops).

BAPPENAS commented that there must be a shared commitment that the main objective of the NAP-SPO is to increase the productivity and capacity of oil palm smallholders, so that oil palm growers become independent, empowered and prosperous.

On this occasion, the Sintang District Government was also invited to submit the DAP (District Action Plan) of Sintang which refers to the NAP-SPO. DAP of Sintang involves sectoral agencies. Funding for DAP of Sintang is also still being explored whether it will be through the District Budget scheme, State Budget assistance, or other grant funds.

The "Bun 500" program which is a plantation seed assistance program, such as Coffee, Guava, Rubber, etc. However, oil palm is not included in the "Bun 500" Program assistance because oil has its own institution and has been provided by BPDP KS through the Replanting program. However, this was denied by the Office of Food Crops, Horticulture, and Riau Plantation which requested the Directorate General of Plantations that the assistance of smallholders’ oil palm seeds could be included in the "Bun 500" Program category. Because the agency that handles plantations in Riau has a limited budget allocation and many oil palm growers do not have access to replanting program and also difficulties in complying administrative requirements such as STDB (Surat Tanda Daftar Budidaya-cultivation registration certificate). So that oil palm growers need this assistance to accelerate the ISPO Certification program.