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Kaiburse Natives Ready to Open 50 Hectares of Paddy Farm

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Paddy farm in Merauke - Jubi

Paddy farm in Merauke – Jubi

Merauke, Jubi – Residents of Kaiburse Village, Malind Sub-district of Merauke Regency are ready opening 50 hectares of area for paddy planting, which planned to be done within this year.

The Secretary of Customary Law Institution (LMA) Marind Kaiburse, Paulus Samsakai told Jubi on Monday (31/5/2016) that during the time the local people who mostly indigenous Papuans have opened the land for paddy farming, but on the small scale.

“I have met with the Head of Merauke Plantation and Horticulture Office Bambang Dwiatmoki related to the plan of land opening and responded positively. People expected they could implement it within this year,” he said.

There is no problem with the planting area, he said, because the local people already prepared it. However, he said people expected the government to provide the equipment to help them in soil preparation including the provision of paddy seeds.

“We have agreed to work together with some migrants in this village who were former transmigration program to prepare about 50 hectares of planting area, since they had experience and certainly could assist the local people in the future,” he said.
Councilor of Merauke Legislative Council Moses Kaibu, when asked about this issue, said if it comes from people’s aspiration, in particular indigenous Papuans, the government must respond quicklu. “Yes, what was certainly expected is mentoring provision for them, including how to prepare the soil and seeds to planting and maintaining process. From here, the local people would learn about how to plant and care for good paddy growing,” he said. (Ans K/rom)

 

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Papua House of Representatives will promote Ambaidiru coffee

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Secretary of the Papua House of Representatives, Juliana J Waromi (standing) with several members of the House of Representatives during a meeting with the community, coffee farmers, and officials of Ambaidiru – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – The Secretary of the Papua House of Representatives Juliana J Waromi said the house is ready to help the community of Ambaidiru Village, Kosiwo Sub-district, Yapen Islands District to promote their coffee.

She said she and several legislators visited the 60 hectares Ambaidiru coffee plantation area a few days ago in response to the aspiration of the local community. “I want to see it directly. If it’s good, I will help them to find a market. Based on my experience working with the Investment Coordination Board Papua for three years, I could promote the coffee to abroad,” said Waromi on (5/6/2018).

A coffee farmer Yulianus Maniamboy recently told Jubi that the coffee plantation in Ambaidiru firstly introduced in the Dutch era. The Dutch tried to plant it and worked. Ambaidiru coffee is now over 50 years old.

“Instead of in groups, we manage our commodity individually. Farmers dry their coffee by their own. There is no control, not centralised and consequently, the quality of coffee is still very varied. However, in the past years, we could produce a ton of coffee per month. That’s because there was no disruption and the management of the cooperative was good,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Local community must stop selling the land, says local legislator

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Indigenous Papuans in Kampung Urumb, Semangga District, Merauke District – Jubi / Frans L Kobun

Merauke, Jubi – A member of the Regional House of Representatives of Merauke Agency Hendrikus Hengky Ndiken appealed indigenous Papuans in Merauke on Wednesday (6/6/2018) to not selling the land anymore because it is the only assets of the Marind tribe.

“We should consider our children. If all land sold, what would left for future generation?” he asked.

Furthermore, he said customary leaders should play a role to remind people to not selling the land. He also asked the local community to no longer digging and mining the sand. “It can be noticed there are big holes everywhere in the mining areas flooded with seawater during the high tide.”

“For instance, the mining area in Kampung Urumb and surrounding areas where the sand excavation increasingly occurred. People better use the land for farming,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Unit Head of Merauke Civil Service Police Elyas Refra said his office conducts routine scrutiny on illegal sand mining. “Indeed, in some places, sand mining has occurred. We are persuasively approaching people to not digging the sand anymore because it is very hazardous and has an impact on the environment,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Frans L Kobun

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Developers must complete the permit for housing construction

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Illustration of the rapid growth of housing in Doyo Lama area. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – As the rapid growth of housing construction in the areas of Sentani Timur, Sentani and Waibhu, the Head of Integrated Permit and Regional Investment Agency of Jayapura District Henock Puraro said developers should administer the IMB (Construction Permit) first for new housing constructions.

Developers who want to build new housings need to arrange an agreement with the tenure of landowners first. Then, they should complete the legal aspect of their proposal,” Puraro told reporter in Jayapura Regent Office at Gunung Merah, Sentani on Thursday (31/5/2018).

He said his office would soon publish about the spatial planning to the public in regards to the ongoing regional development process. “We will publish the system of city spatial planning including the regulation related to housing construction,” he said.

Similarly, the Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Jayapura District Henky Yoku said developers should consider the cultural, social and economic aspects of the local community.

“What is the impact of housing development on the local community? Developers cannot just build new housing then take a profit of it. They should take account of the sustainability of the local community who live surrounding the environment. Therefore there is a value added from this development,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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