NATIONAL PRIVATE LARGE PLANTATION
CIFU has an oil palm plantation located in Muara Enim District, South Sumatra Province, Indonesia.The company has developed an integrated strategy aimed at (a) producing and processing palm oil products and (b) utilizing all the advantages of various natural conditions that make Indonesia one of the ideal palm oil producing regions in the world. This tropical plant thrives in favorable climatic conditions equipped with fertile soil and abundant labor availability.
Fresh Fruit Bunches (FFB) harvest is about 30 months after planting, depending on the variety of oil palm planted. The harvest will increase sharply until the eighth year, then for the next five years there is no significant increase in yield. In the fifteenth year, the yield will gradually decline. In the 25th year, oil palms enter the “replanting” period. Currently, our garden in South Sumatra is conducting the third year of re-planting. We clear the plants using mechanical equipment instead of the slash-and-burn technique, in accordance with government policy to avoid air pollution.
Palm oil production requires a direct approach. To be able to produce it economically requires high ability, proper management and a disciplined and trained workforce. Such activities, besides benefiting the local economy, also provide jobs for people around.
When oil palms are mature, the upkeep program undertaken is largely similar. However, the frequencies for some upkeep work tend to be reduced as the palms age. Our group research station provides us with agronomy recommendations based on trials and tests done. For example, rather than relying on a ‘one-size-fits-all’ fertilizer recommendation, each 25-30 hectares block of oil palm trees is tested for the nutrient content in their leaves every year to come up with the most optimal and cost-efficient fertilizer mix. We efficiently utilize our labor in the plantations by shifting harvesters to upkeep work during the low-crop season and vice versa.
The ripeness of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) harvested is critical in maximizing the quality and quantity of palm oil extraction. We harvest the FFB of the oil palm trees only when an appropriate quantity of fruitlets become detached from the FFB, indicating peak ripeness.
All our mills are strategically located within close proximity of our plantations to ensure that our FFBs arrive at our mills within 24 hours after harvesting for milling. This also helps to reduce transportation costs from plantation to mill and to ensure that our FFB arrive in time at our mills with minimal spoilage and maximum quality standards.
FFBs are sterilized by applying high-pressure steam, to deactivate the enzymes in the palm fruits and to separate the fruitlets from the palm bunches. After the steaming process, the palm fruitlets are crushed in a pressing machine to obtain crude palm oil and palm kernel. Waste and water are then cleared and separated from the CPO by means of a centrifuge. We use the empty fruit bunches and waste that arise from the process as fertilizers in the plantations.
We will continue to monitor our milling capacity to ensure that we can accommodate expected increases in FFB production from our plantations.
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