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Poor population in Jayawijaya Regency increased

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Due to dry season, children are forced to consume and use dirty water several years ago in one of the villages in Jayawijaya regency – Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) noted that the percentage of poverty in Jayawijaya Regency from 2015-2016 slightly increase.

“Previously in 2015 poor population in Jayawijaya was around 39.48 percent, in 2016 up by 39.66 percent,” said head of Jayawijaya BPS, Cendana Murti on Wednesday (October 4).

The BPS data shows that the increase is not too high compared to other regencies in the central highlands of Papua. Among them Lanny Jaya by 41.97 percent in the year from 2015 and it fell to 41.68 percent in 2016.

BPS analysis that the cause of poverty in Jayawijaya by decreasing local agricultural activity. “It is one of the causes of poverty rate increasing,” explained Cendana.

He explained that Jayawijaya’s gross regional domestic product (PDRB) shows the agriculture sector is declining; while in the prospect of business in agricultural sector still wide-open in the community. BPS said they will work to find the cause of this oddity.

Meanwhile, at national level, the data shows that number of poor people in rural areas almost doubled compared to urban areas. Based on inter-island distribution, the poor are predominantly settled in Maluku and Papua.

“The national data on the number of poor people fell to 27.76 million in September compared to March 2016 of 28.01 million people,” said Central BPS Head Suhariyanto.

The decline was overshadowed by the high disparities between residents in urban areas and rural residents. “This is a challenge for the government. This big issue that we face and does not change,” said Suhariyanto.(tabloidjubi.com/Zely Araine)

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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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