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Minister of Trade Launches ‘Brewing Papuan Coffee with Pride’ Campaign in Dogiyai

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Indonesian Minister of Trade, Thomas Lembong during his visit in Dogiyai regency - Jubi/Agus Tebai

Indonesian Minister of Trade, Thomas Lembong during his visit in Dogiyai regency – Jubi/Agus Tebai

Jayapura, Jubi – After successfully promoting Indonesian coffee at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Expo 2016, the Indonesian Minister of Trade Thomas Lembong invited coffee lovers and the international community to get a taste of Papuan coffee through “Brewing Papuan Coffee with Pride” campaign.


The program launch was held at Dogiyai Regency, Papua on Saturday (11/06/2016). This event is part of part of “Work and Excellent Papua Movement” run by Papua Working Group with fully support of the Indonesian Ministry of Commerce.

“Papua Province has a potentially world class coffee. It has become one of coffee-producing regions in Indonesia that is in demand, in addition to Gayo, Mandailing, Java, Toraja, Sumatera, and Sulawesi coffees,” said Lembong said in a press release this wekk.
He said Papua Provincial Plantation Office recorded there are 16 coffee farmers in Papua distributed in the regencies of Jayawijaya, Tolikara, Lanny Jaya, Pegunungan Bintang and Dogiyai. He explained some coffee lovers in Jakarta are also participating in this campaign. Along with the Central Government, they were invited for educating the cultivation technic, post-harvest processing and marketing.

“The empowerment and education activities are useful to improve the welfare of farmers to be more optimal. We know the consumers are willing to pay the cost for a cup of delicious coffee, but unfortunately the farmers are not well informed about the price of coffee in the market,” said the minister.
Dogiyai Regency is divided into 10 sub-districts which all have potency of coffee, but its production is not yet optimal.

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In this regency, the Minister of Commerce closely monitored the phases of coffee processing from A to Z.
Coffee processing in Dogiyai is still done traditionally. The machines such as grinding machine used in the process were from Dutch era. Drying and pilling process are done manually; the coffee beans are also roasted on the stove and grinded manually.

Coffee plantation in Dogiyai Regency is Dutch missionary legacy from 1890s. In that era, most of Dogiyai residents are coffee farmers. But along with time changes, the local people are slowly to plan the coffee and become the construction workers for instant cash.
Earlier, the Ministery of Commerce also monitored a coffee farm at Tolikara Regency and talked with the local coffee farmers. He expected the Papuan coffee could be the pride of Papuan people and become a commodity to improve the welfare of Papuan people.

The Acting Dogiyai Industry, Trading and Cooperation Office Andrias Gobai revealed Dogiyai Regency has five coffee small enterprises, one of which is fostered by Catholic Church Pastoral. Besides Dutch heritage farms, there is one-hectare coffee plantation manage by SMP Yayasan Pendidikan Sekolah Katolik (Junior High School of Catholic School Foundation).

“The school includes the coffee education in their curriculum in which the pupils were taught of coffee picking and processing at school. We hope, Papuan coffee, in particular from Dogiyai with its Arabika Moanemani coffee could penetrate the export market within next three years and could be served in the National Sports Event in Papua in 2020,” said Gobai. (Agus Tebai/rom) 


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The marketing strategy of Papuan woman traders to survive amid the pandemic

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Papua, Jubi – The COVID-19 outbreak has emerged a new dilemma for everybody. On the one hand, they should restrict their activities, but on the other hand, they have to work to get income for their families.

A consumer Delia Mallo said she is very concerned about Papuan women traders at Pharaa traditional market in Sentani, Jayapura Regency during the pandemic.

“It’s so sad to see them should go home early while not many people could come to buy their commodities,” Mallo said when shopping in Pharaa Market on Thursday (25/6/2020).

The restriction during the pandemic made the traders go home earlier than usual, and people’s concern about the coronavirus transmission has increasingly impacted on the traders’ income.

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“Since the emergence of COVID-19, I am worried (to stay longer in the market). After buying fish, I immediately go home,” said Mallo.

Because they have to go home early, traders reduce the price of their commodities to prevent substantial loss because of rot.

Tilapia fish, for example, is priced at half of its regular price. The fish harvested from Lake Sentani is usually sold for Rp 80 to 100 thousand per pile, but now sold for only Rp 40 to 50 thousand per pile. Each pile can weigh more than 1 kilogram.

“To be sold, so we just let it go at a low price. The important thing is we can still get money for trading tomorrow,” said Anace Suebu.

Mrs Suebu displayed her fish on a 2 x 3 meters table at the Pharaa Market, and her income has significantly decreased since the COVID-19 pandemic. “I could usually take Rp 1 million a day before the pandemic, but now it’s crushed,” she said.

As a result, she also needs to restrict her purchase. She could no longer be able to buy fish at large quantities. Her income has significantly declined, while she still has to continue spending money for daily needs.

“I told my customers to be patient. I cannot buy fish at large quantities because I don’t have sufficient money,” said the mother of four.

New Dilemma 

The new dilemma that emerged due to the COVID-19 is not only happening to Suebu but also hundreds or even thousands of Papuan woman traders. Their economy has suffered due to the pandemic.

“I used to bake (sell) twenty pieces of bread, but it’s only 15 now for Rp 15 thousand per piece,” said Karolina Fonataba who usually sells bread in the Pharaa Market.

During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fonataba, a woman of Biak Numfor, had moved her business to the former Doyo Baru Market. She did it to cope with the restriction rule applied in Jayapura Regency. Because she lives near the market, she can adjust her trading time. Also, she adds another commodity to sell, namely sago, which she sold for Rp 10 to 20 thousand per piece.

“Relying on the income from selling bread is not enough (for daily needs).”

However, she could not stay longer in the new location and decided to return to the Pharaa Market by selling the same commodities, bread and sago.

“In the former Doyo Baru Market, there were even fewer consumers. It was only 5-10 pieces of bread sold (every day),” told this sixty-five years old woman.

Although she has added the items of her commodities and returned to the Pharaa Market, her income is still far lower than in the usual time. “I could get Rp 150-200 thousand in the past, but now it declines to Rp 50-100 thousand, while a sack of sago usually sold out in three days, but now it takes a week.”

To survive during the pandemic, Fonataba has attempted various ways. “I also deliver (sell) the bread from door to door. The customers can pay whenever they can.”

In the meantime, Mariche also applied a similar strategy of survival during the COVID-19 pandemic. She sells betel nuts at the former Doyo Baru Market. “Although people say the COVID-19 is dangerous, I keep selling. If not, we cannot eat.”

However, Mariche, a woman from Demta, has to deal with her stock purchase to avoid loss. “I used to buy 2-3 sacks, but now it’s reduced. I run out of money, while fewer customers come to buy.”(*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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MRP traces the chronology of the dismissal of thousands of employees of PT Kodeko Papua

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MRP working group meet with the representatives of PT Kodeko Papua’s ex-workers in Serui, Yapen Islands Regency, Monday (24/2/2020). – Jubi/MRP Public Relations

Jayapura, Jubi – The working group for the indigenous issue of Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP) meet with the representatives of PT Kodeko Papua’s ex-workers in Serui, Yapen Islands Regency, Papua on Monday (24/2/2020). In the meeting, the working group take not on the chronology of the dismissal of 1,435 employees of PT Kodeko Papua in 2004.

The working group chairman Demas Tokoro through MRP public relations says the meeting between the working group and workers’ representative occurred on Monday is the second meeting. “Today is our second meeting, while we had the first on 13 February,” he said.

According to him, in the first meeting, the workers’ representatives talked about the severance allowance should be paid to the workers after the termination in 2004. Meanwhile, the second meeting is focusing on learning the chronology of the dismissal.

Tokoro says that during 14 years, 1,435 ex-workers are still waiting for the company to pay their salary and severance allowance. “They tell about their long efforts in fighting their rights as ex-workers,” says Tokoro.

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Meanwhile, an ex-worker Costan Podayar said PT Kodeka Papua was a plywood company founded in 1995 and began its operation since 1997.

“In 2002, the situation changed and it claimed bankruptcy in 2004. The employees have been made redundant without receiving severance allowance. As a consequence, the company’s assets become a warrant to pay severance to its ex-workers,” said Pondayar as cited from MRP public relations.

In 2006, the workers sued the management of PT Kodeko Papua to the Tangerang District Court with a demand that the company must pay the salary and severance allowance of 1,435 ex-workers. “The Court won our lawsuit in 2006,” said Pondayar.

At that time, he says that the Court instruct those who took over the assets of PT Kodeko Papua must pay the rights of ex-workers. But, in reality, PT Sinar Wijaya who continue the operation has not paid the severance allowance to the ex-workers.

“As the ex-workers, we did not know how can PT Sinar Wijaya take over the operation because there was no announcement to us,” says Pondayar.

PT Sinar Wijaya has paid the amount of money to the ex-workers, but the payment was less than the amount that the ex-workers should receive.

“The local government has facilitated the meeting between us and the management of PT Sinar Wijaya at Kampung Awunawai Office. They paid the amount of money for us but did not give us time to read the letter that we should sign. They said it was because there were many employees in queueing to sign,” said Pondayar.

Later on, the ex-workers realised that the amount of money they received is smaller than it should. “The Court’s decision said that I had to receive IDR 32 million, but I only received IDR 15 million,” says Pondayar.

Meanwhile, Demas Tokoro said his working group would implement the mechanism by MRP to bring both representatives of ex-workers PT Kodeko Papua with the local government and the management of PT Sinar Wijaya. The working groups of women and religious issues of MRP will also attend this meeting.

“We will conduct a joint visit consisting of MRP, indigenous, religious and women’s working groups. We hope people will support us,” says Tokoro. (*)

 

Reporter: Benny Mawel

Editor: Pipit Maizier

 

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Government introduces Papua’s business potential to 45 investors

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Sorong, Jubi – The Indonesian government in association with Yayasan Inisiatif Dagang Hijau (Green Trade Initiative Foundation) took a total of 45 foreign investors to witness firsthand the business potential in the country’s eastern provinces of Papua and West Papua.

The foreign investors met with young businessmen from Papua during a high-level meeting on green investment in Sorong, West Papua, on Thursday.

Also present at the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan; Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo; Head of the Investment Coordinating Board, Bahlil Lahadalia, and Vice Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Angela Tanoesoedibjo, to support the Papuan businessmen to move forward.

Panjaitan said the concept of green investment or environmentally friendly investment is one of the models of sustainable development in the provinces of Papua and West Papua.

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The concept of green investment is aimed at encouraging small-scale investment to promote the agricultural and fisheries sectors in the two provinces, he said.

The presence of foreign investors will encourage the export of agricultural and fishery commodities including nutmeg, cacao beans, seaweed, and other key commodities from the two provinces, he said.

The minister further asked the Papua and West Papua provincial governments to work hard and cooperate with all sectors to develop the potential in the province as part of efforts to promote the economy of the locals. (*)

 

Source: ANTARA

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