The Plywood Industry is a concern

The Plywood Industry is a concern

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The development of plywood industry in the country, is now facing a very difficult conditions, although in general the forestry industry is still providing income is quite dominant to the state.

Chairman of Apindo Kalsel, Adi Laksono in Banjarmasin, Friday (6/5) said, since the last few years the plywood industry conditions such as in South Kalimantan face a difficult situation, from upstream to downstream from the production process. "Today the regulations issued by the government are less favorable to the forest industry in the country, plus the entry of the sector into a negative list of investments, thus making forestry sector entrepreneurs difficult to get banking access," he said.

The deterioration of the plywood industry such as in South Kalimantan, occurred since the incessant eradication of illegal logging which impact on the fulfillment activities of raw materials for the industry. This is marked by the condition of some companies that later late pay employees salaries for several months, due to lack of capital, and difficulty of wood raw materials, so that production activities are hampered.

There are already several timber industries in South Kalimantan that collapsed, such as PT.Austral Byna and PT.Gunung Meranti, in addition to late paying employees salaries and stalled production activities, also did not channel Jamsostek levy from employees to PT. Jamsostek up to billions of rupiah. While companies that are considered still able to exist among the business group PT.Wijaya and PT.Surya Satrya, while PT.Barito Pacific and PT.Daya Sakti reportedly also began to trouble raw materials.

According to Adi Laksono, so far illegal logging activities have been done more frequently in the downstream areas, making it difficult for legal industries in the process of transporting raw materials must also deal with security forces.

With such inspection activities, it will automatically increase the cost of transportation, in addition to the possibility of illegal levies that directly inflated the price of mechanical wood, which currently ranges between Rp1, 2 – Rp1, 5 million / m3, whereas previously below Rp1 million / m3.

Adi who also sits as Vice Chairman of Human Resource and Labor of Kadinda Kalsel affirmed, it agreed to government programs in the forestry sector such as the eradication of illegal logging, forest rehabilitation and revitalization of the forest industry. Nevertheless, the program should be implemented simultaneously, so the regulation should be able to regenerate the forest industry.

In relation to the fulfillment of the raw material needs of the forestry industry, he expects the government to increase the quota of 5.4 million m3 nationally to close to the needs of the industry, otherwise the activities of "black market" will be more prevalent. According to him, with only 5.4 million m3 / year while to meet the needs of export production of 17 million m3, required raw materials 20-25 m3, then obviously the difference comes from the illegal market of illegal logging activities.

As for the forestry industry of South Kalimantan only gets 60,000 m3 / year of wood rations, while the needs of raw materials throughout the industry in this area ranges from 3 to 3.5 million m3. "If the conditions are like that, the shortcomings are then obtained from where," said Adi. Under these tough conditions, the government's policy on Reforestation Fund obligations should be more flexible, looking at the conditions of the company that must also have other obligations, such as paying the salaries of employees.

On that basis, Adi said, his side always appealed to entrepreneurs to set aside funds to meet obligations to employees, at least for basic salary and always communicate with the company's SPSI unit. (* / boen)

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