35 participants of Diklat Sekolah Staf dan Pimpinan Kementerian Luar Negeri Republik Indonesia (SESPARLU) and Palm Oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA) directly visited palm oil plantations in District of Kotawaringin Timur, Central Kalimantan Province on Thursday (13/12/2018). The visit was done in palm oil plantations that Bumitama Gunajaya Agro (BGA) Group cultivates.
It was to improve the participants of SESPARLU, the 60th grade to understand the real life in the palm oil plantations so that they could explain to the international world about the contribution of palm oil to develop, keep the environment and make good relationship with the people. For information, the crude palm oil (CPO) and its derivative exports in 2017 became the first ranks as the exchange providers reaching about Rp 300 billion.
From what InfoSAWIT got, the event was the series from what had been running in the previous day, that was, Palm oil Seminar in Palangkaraya. It was told by the experts from Universitas Gajah Mada, Institut Pertanian Bogor, Badan Supervisi Bank Indonesia, and the representatives of the smallholders. The experts discussed many aspects in palm oil, such as, economy, social, ecology, forestry, poverty elevation and health.
The participants who are as the senior diplomats in Ministry of External Affairs visited the plantations of PT Windu Nabatindo Lestari (PT WNL – BGA group), developed school by Yayasan Bumitama, research laboratory to see Good Agronomical Practice, and the factory. Before it was done, they had questions and answers about palm oil industries.
The chairman of the participants, represented by Director of SESPARLU, P. Yusuf Arifin told that the visit was very good for them to know and understand about palm oil industries both the minor and the plus.
“We get the objective understandings from the field visit. It is hoped, the visit could multiply our knowledge, namely to help the government to tell about palm oil industries in Indonesia positively which become the mainstay of exports,” Yusuf said.
Director of Partnership, PFMA, Tulus Budhianto said that the field visit is the way to socialize palm oil industries nationally to many important elements, including the government’s agencies. “Ministry of External Affairs is the main source agency to tell the information to other countries. So the officials should have comprehensive understandings about palm oil industries,” Tulus said.