“Chili Planting Movement”, Initiation of Urban Farming Concept as a Solution to Meet Commodity Demand in Papua

The skyrocketed price of chili has become the sizzling topic lately. The commodity’s price surged steadily way over the price ceiling recommended by the government. The weather, unbalanced supply and demand as well as transportation issues are believed to be the causes of the nationwide phenomena. The price of chili has always been an essential matter; it’s a staple ingredient of many Indonesian dishes. What would Papua’s famous Papeda Kuah Kuning be without chili?

The Government has initiated the “Chili’s Planting Movement” as a solution, a movement that will provide a major boost to the annual domestic production of chili. People are expected to grow chili in their backyard to fulfill their demand and reduce their dependency on the ever-fluctuating market.

The same movement has been implemented in the eastern part of Indonesia with the Military District Command (KODIM) 1705/Paniai and KODIM 1709/Yawa in Papua Province starting the movement by growing chili in a polybag medium in their military base’s backyard. Besides aiming to make the yard greener, this movement was meant to set an example for the community to alleviate their daily economic needs with growing short-term vegetables in the garden by utilizing the existing land, as well as to anticipate the tendency of other commodity prices in recent years to rise.

The “Chili Planting Movement” is merely a tiny part of the large urban farming / urban agriculture concept. This concept, indeed, is still brand new for most Indonesians. According to Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), urban farming / urban agriculture is defined as being food production that occurs within the confines of cities. Such production takes place in backyards, on rooftops, in community vegetable and fruit gardens and on unused or public spaces. It includes commercial operations that produce food in greenhouses and on open spaces, but is more often small-scale and scattered around the city.

The concept started with the awareness to raise food security even in a narrow scale, according to Food Acts No. 7 / 1996, food security is defined as the fulfillment of food commodities in the household, which is reflected in the availability of food commodities in terms of quantity and quality, safety, equitability, and affordability.

The types of plants that can be grown in this concept of urban farming / urban agriculture are highly varied such as grains, root vegetables, green vegetables, mushrooms, fruits, herbs and other ornamental plants.

That’s why the initiative from Kodim 1705 / Paniai and Kodim 1709 / Yawa in Papua Province is a positive thing that should be supported and developed. Not only in the area around the military base, but also in every yard in the community.

There are several steps that can be taken to maximize the implementation of urban farming / urban agriculture, the first important of which is education / counseling to the community regarding urban farming / urban agriculture, both in terms of processing and how to enhance the quality of products. Then, the relevant agencies need to set the requirements for ‘guaranteed market’, so the urban farming / urban agriculture products could to meet the standards and specifications demanded by the market.

The KODIM and local governments can work together with NGOs and Communities to be able to urge the people of Papua to apply the concept of urban farming / urban agriculture to their own backyards respectively.

After Victory Parade, Persipura Optimistic in Facing Next Year’s League

On Tuesday night (10/1), thousands of Persipuramania (supporters of Persipura) in Sentani region, Abepura, Jayapura Kota and its surroundings, were welcoming the arrival of their proud team, Persipura Jayapura, the winner of the 2016 Torabika Soccer Championship (TSC) Trophy in Bandung, West Java.

The team’s players, caretakers, and manager, also known as “Black Pearl”, arrived at Sentani Airport, Jayapura Region, at about 16.30 local time. The team consists of the Chairman, Benhur Tommy Mano, The Head of Committee, Fachrudin Passolo, Team Manager Rudi Maswi, the coaches and the players, including Team Captain Boaz T Solossa, who was named Best Player in the 2016 TSC.
Pangdam XVII/Candrawasih Major General Hinsa Siburuan, Regional Secretary of Papua’s TEA Herri Desinaen, politicians of Papua, and Persimania were among those who welcomed the team at Sentani Airport.

After resting a few minutes, the team were paraded on a decorated truck with the banner “Persipura, the Champion of TSC 2016” attached, and left for the City of Jayapura. Thousands of Persipuramania wearing the team jersey (red-black) escorted the Team. Meanwhile the caretakers, managers, coaches, and of course the players, were wearing necklaces of flowers.

Persipura

Persipura

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Persipura Victory Parade

Airport Construction in Papua Improving

One of the ways to reduce the price of goods and distribution is to build airports in isolated areas of Papua.

“The Government has built 34 airports in isolated areas in Papua. This is already part of the airport construction plan”, said Director of Airport Affairs of the Ministry of Transportation, Yudhi Sari, in, Jakarta on Tuesday (10 / 1/2017).

The 34 airports are located in the isolated regions of Mopah, Kamur, Kimam, Bomakia, Manggelum, Wamena, Kiwirok, Bilorai, Akimuga, Enarotali, Sarmi, Tanah Merah, Noble, Oksibil, Moanamani, Mindiptanah, Kepi, Kokonao, Okaba, Illu, Ewer, Batom, Bade, Karubaga, Obano, Timika, Waghete, Nabire, Dekai, Rendani, Bintuni, Kaimana, and Babo. All the development projects are already part of the national airport construction plan.

Yudhi added that the airport development is useful to achieve equitable development and to boost economic growth. He further added that 10 of the 34 airports are located at the border area, namely Sentani, Mopah, Manggelum, Enarotali, Sarmi, Tanah Merah, Oksibil, Okaba, Karubaga, Kebar.

There will be also a new airport in Korowai. The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) plans to inagurate the new airport this year.

Frans Kaisiepo Airport, Biak

Frans Kaisiepo Airport, Biak

Sentani Airport

Sentani Airport

Making of the Documentary on Marthen Indey, Indonesian National Hero from Papua to Begin

On the heels of the successful performance of the ‘Marthen Indey, My Hero’ Socio Drama in celebration
of the Anniversary of the Indonesian Army on 5 October 2016, The Rey May Arts Studio, Jayapura plan
to make a documentary on Marthen Indey in cooperation with the Regency of Jayapura and Inews TV.

The head of the Regency’s Labour and Transmigration Sosial service (Dinsosnakertrans), Harold Monim
stated in Sentani that the idea came from the Rey May Arts Studio and aims to document the struggle
of Marthen Indey which will be published as a state document.

“That a Papuan played a role in the struggle for Indonesia’s independence,” he said.

The technical side of the documentary will be handled by the Rey May Studio and Inews TV will act as
producer. The funding, which amounts to IDR 400 million for a 30 minute film will come from the
Regional Budget.

According to the Head of the Studio, Jimmy Ondikleuw, the making of the documentary is an honour for
his community, and he hopes for the support of all parties to make the documentary a success.

“The making of the film is proof of the role of the Papuan people in fighting for the independence of
the Unitary State of Indonesia,” he said.

According to the Head of the Rey May Arts Studio, who is also the Head of CPA Hirose (a nature lovers
group), Marshal Suebu, as a national hero, Marthen Indey is an inspirational figure for Papua’s young
generation.

“As a native of Jayapura, I feel proud of Marthen Indey who despite being a policeman of the Dutch
government urged his fellow Papuans to reject the creation of a new, other state and instead join in
saving the Unitary State of Indonesia,” he said.