Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) is an approach to sustainable and environmentally responsible farming methods to increase crop yields. GAP application is essential for every agriculture, including oil palm. Met Ardianto, a highly respected palm oil farmer and cooperative leader in Langkat, Sumatera Utara, who stands at the forefront of promoting sustainable practices. Fuelled by his unwavering determination, Ardianto passionately dedicates himself to educating fellow producers about the importance of obtaining certification for palm oil producers. At the same time, he succeeds to managed his land area of around 20 hectares with environmentally friendly farming methods for the resilience palm oil sector, the surrounding environment, and the next generation.
His concern for the environment and agricultural sustainability led Ardianto to adopt Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) on his plantation land. Aware of the importance of supporting sustainable agriculture, Ardianto realized that implementing GAP could help achieve this goal. Through the GAP capacity building and training programs he participated in, Ardianto became aware of the important role of GAP in increasing palm oil production and increasing the operational effectiveness of the plantation as a whole.
During the GAP training process, Ardianto gained extensive knowledge about sustainable agricultural practices, including agri inputs utilization and environmentally friendly waste management techniques. In addition, Ardianto also learned about efficient and targeted fertilizer management. With well-planned fertilizers, Ardianto can optimize the nutrients oil palm plants need, resulting in better plant growth and increased production.
"Adopting capacity-building initiatives and Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) training has proven instrumental in achieving improved palm oil yields and enhancing the overall effectiveness of our plantations. Equipping ourselves with the necessary knowledge and skills enhanced the efficiency of our fertilization management," said Ardianto.
Ardianto and 250 other farmers demonstrated remarkable determination as they came together for a proactive capacity-building program to attain Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) certification. Their collective effort highlights their commitment to promoting responsible and sustainable practices in the palm oil industry.
Through training and capacity building, Ardianto and the smallholders are actively working towards their goal of obtaining RSPO certification, tangible proof of their dedication to fostering positive changes in the agricultural sector. Their proactive approach emphasizes the significance of responsible practices and environmental stewardship, paving the way for a more sustainable future in palm oil farming. Together, they are laying the foundation for a greener and more eco-friendly agricultural landscape.
Beyond sustainability, RSPO brings more benefits for smallholders in rural areas. They see RSPO certification as an opportunity to access better prospects and gain consumer trust, ensuring a stable and fair market price for their palm oil produce. Embracing the principles of RSPO, Ardianto and the smallholders envision a future where responsible practices lead to economic growth and the preservation of the environment. For Ardianto, obtaining certification represents a tangible realization of the rewards of his steadfast adherence to #GoodAgriculturalPractices. It empowers him to produce exceptional palm oil while focusing on environmental sustainability. His dedication sets a shining example for others in the industry, fostering a more sustainable future for palm oil production.
"RSPO certification encourages us to adopt and implement sustainable agricultural practices. Premium prices for certified palm oil also help increase our earnings, while access to wider markets provides more stable market opportunities. This can enhance economic stability and support the livelihoods of farmers and rural communities," said Ardianto.
Koltiva's Commitment to Sustainability: Embracing GAP for a Better Future
At Koltiva, we wholeheartedly believe in nurturing a harmonious relationship between nature and agriculture as the key to sustainable farming. To turn this belief into reality, we offer our unwavering support through specialized training in Good Agricultural Practices (GAP). As the demand for palm oil products continues to rise and awareness of environmental concerns grows, we recognize just how vital GAP is in managing oil palm plantations effectively.
Through our GAP training, we empower smallholders and plantation companies alike with essential knowledge and practical skills, enabling them to adopt responsible and sustainable agricultural practices. Our primary focus revolves around reducing the use of harmful chemicals and ensuring the delicate balance of the ecosystem surrounding oil palm plantations.
From Ardianto's inspiring story, we discover the power of embracing Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to create palm oil plantations that truly support sustainability from both environmental and social sides. The certification not only brings international recognition but also shows the farmers' dedication to reducing the harmful effects of the palm oil industry on our planet and communities.
As fellow members of the agricultural community, we are wholeheartedly committed to continually evolving and putting into action sustainable practices, paving the way for a brighter and more environmentally friendly future in agriculture. Together, let's take a step toward a greener future. Join us in embracing sustainable practices for a healthier planet. Talk to an expert for further information.
Writer: Rihlah Nahdhiyah Bilkis, Social Media Specialist at Koliva
Editor: Boby Hermawan, Head of Digital Marketing at Koltiva