Bisnis Indonesia, 11 September 2018
A plan to combine the government’s oil palm replanting programme and a similar programme by the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil System (ISPO) has received cold responses from farmers. Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Union (SPKS) Chairman Mansuetus Darto said that before combining the two policies, the government must first revise the technical guidelines for its replanting programme. He said that under the technical guidelines, participation in the replanting programme is only offered to farmers with low productivity of below 10 tonnes per hectare per year. Many of the farmers have productivity of over 11 tonnes per hectare per year. Another obstacle to implementing the policies is the different name written on the land certificate as some of the lands had changed hands, he said.