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Smallholders demand benefits from government’s B20 policy

  • Stefanno Reinard Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, December 7 2018   /  02:50 am

Amid the government’s focus on implementing the 20 percent blended biodiesel ( B20 ) policy, palm oil smallholders have complained of a lack of attention from the government, who the farmers say has thus far concentrated its efforts on the downstream sector.Palm Oil Smallholders Union (SPKS) chairman Mansuetus Darto said smallholders, who are responsible for 43 percent of Indonesia’s oil palm plantations at 14.3 million hectares, received unfair treatment despite the industry gaining the government’s support through the B20 policy. “We always talk about the subsidy [for biodiesel] in the downstream sector when actually the upstream sector [smallholders] also needs the subsidy,” Mansuetus said, referring to the incentive scheme for biodiesel taken from the palm oil export levy collected by the Indonesian Oil Palm Estate Fund (BPDP-KS). Mansuetus explained that the presence of mi...