JAKARTA (Rambu Energy) – PT Minamas Plantation, a subsidiary of Sime Darby Plantation Sdn. Bhd, has secured Rountable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certificate for its nucleus plantation farmers or smallholders. The smallholders are managing their small plantations under the supervision of Minamas two subsidiaries PT Ladangrumpun Suburabadi and PT Sajang Heulang.
The nucleus farmers manage their oil palm plants through cooperative scheme called Kredit Koperasi Primer Anggota (KKPA). The RSPO certificate is the first for the company’s nucleus farmers.
The certified KKPA scheme is located at the Estates in Sebamban, South Kalimantan in Indonesia, covering a total operational area of 16,639 hectares (ha) with a total production capacity of 347,749 metric tonnes (MT) of Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB).
The KKPA scheme is divided into five sections. The KKPA 2, 3, and 5 sections, which supply FFB to PT Minamas’ Mustika Palm Oil Mill were the first smallholdings to be RSPO certified. They were soon followed by KKPA 1 and 4 which were RSPO certified during the recent annual surveillance audits. KKPA 1 and 4 are the respective FFB suppliers to Angsana Mini Oil Mill and Angsana Oil Mill.
As a result of this achievement, the three PT Minamas Mills – Mustika, Angsana Mini and Angsana Oil Mill – have now achieved segregated status under the RSPO Supply Chain Certification System (SCCS), as 100% of their supplies are now RSPO Certified FFB from PT Minamas’ KKPA smallholders. This has raised the number of PT Minamas’ segregated status Mills to 17 out of a total of 21 RSPO certified Mills.
“This is a significant milestone for Sime Darby Plantation. To be able to achieve the first RSPO certification for our smallholders one year ahead of the target we have set reinforces our overarching commitment to sustainability in our operations,” said Datuk Franki Anthony Dass, Managing Director of Sime Darby Plantation.
The RSPO certificate is aimed to promote the growth and use of sustainable palm oil through co-operation within the supply chain and open dialogue between its stakeholders. The RSPO principles and criteria for sustainable palm oil production are the global guidelines for producing palm oil sustainably. They have been described as the world’s toughest standards for sustainable agriculture production and have been variously adapted for other crops.
“We trust the RSPO Certification awarded to the smallholders will have a positive impact on yield while improving efficiency as a result of the systematic management system. Smallholders are important stakeholders in our sustainability effort and we hope this achievement will also further raise awareness on the benefits of certification, not just among the smallholders in our outgrower schemes but also in other smallholder communities in Indonesia,” said Mohd Ghozali Yahya, President Director of PT Minamas. (*)