Academic Skills Needed in Palm Oil Management

YOGYAKARTA—Indonesia’s government reiterated its view that human resources in oil palm plantations need to improve their skills.  Nowadays, academic skills have become a must for oil palm workers, mostly autodidactic workers.

Deputy Coordinating Economic Minister for Food and Agriculture Musdalifah Mahmud made that statement at the graduation day of students of Diploma I Program of Akademi Komunitas Perkebunan Yogyakarta (AKPY) Stiper in Yogyakarta, Thursday (10/10/2019).

She said job opportunity will increase amid tremendous growth in palm oil industry, in particular the industry is shifting to sustainable palm oil. At this moment, oil palm plantations will focus on quality.

She added that the industry needs better qualification workers to produce good quality palm oil. She expected that education program in AKPY Stiper Yogyakarta could prepare human resources who are ready to work and meet industry demand.

Speaking at the same moment, Director of AKPY Stiper Yogyakarta Sri Gunawan said that partnering with the Indonesia Oil Palm Plantation Fund Management Agency (BPDPKS), the institution has provided scholarship program for children of farmers and oil palm workers since 2016. There are more than 600 students have joined the program.

In 2019, around 197 students, funded by the scholarship, graduated from Instiper and more than 300 new students from 21 provinces joined the program. *** (Source: Antara)

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