Saturday, October 31, 2015

1) THIRD CONFERENCE OF PAPUAN CUSTOMARY COUNCIL SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2


2) 25 PNG RESIDENTS ENTER SOTA DAILY
3) INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES MODERN AGRICULTURE PRACTICES IN PAPUA

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1) THIRD CONFERENCE OF PAPUAN CUSTOMARY COUNCIL SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 2
Biak, Jubi – The third conference of the Papuan Customary Council will be held on November 2, at Petrus Kafiar Building, in Samofa district, Biak Numfor, Papua, said a committee member of Byak indigenous council.
Yohanis Ronsumbre, a committee member of Byak Indigenous Council, said the schedule was determined after the chairman of Byak Indigenous Council, Yan Piet Yarangga, met the Papua Police on Tuesday, October 27 in Jayapura for permission.
“The conference will be definitely held in Biak because I have got permission. We believe this conference will run well and all participants of the seven indigenous territories in Papua will take part in this conference. Currently, our preparation is reaching 80 to 90 percent, “said Ronsumbre when contacted Jubi on Thursday (29/10/2015).
“Two areas that we have chosen to host conference are Lapago and Saireri. However, if Saireri, Biak is not ready Saireri, it can be held in Lapago, “said Bonay when delivering his speech at the opening plenary meeting of V DAB recently in Biak.
Earlier, chairman of Byak Traditional Council, Mananwir Beba Yan Piet Yarangga said Saireri is ready to host the third conference. He hoped that all Byak peoples support it, because the event will be bringing forth solutions in the perspective of development and solutions for development actors in Papua, including the government. (Marten Boseren)
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2) 25 PNG RESIDENTS ENTER SOTA DAILY
Merauke, Jubi – Up to 25 citizens of Papua New Guinea entered the border region of Indonesia every day to shop and visit relatives, Sota police chief, Inspector Ma’aruf, said.
Ma’aruf said on Thursday (29/10/2015) that when the PNG citizens enter the border, they must show cross-border documents to officers of Immigration agency in Sota.
“Our duty is only to supervise their addresses,” he said.
He added, They come to Sota by bike or on foot and usually stay for two or three days.
Police chief ensured that there is not marijuana smuggler so far because when border crossers entered in Sota, they are always checked first by the soldiers at the border. “Since I served in Sota, no PNG citizen arrested for carrying marijuana,” he said.
He added that there are also Indonesian people who go PNG, mainly because they have family there.
Sota district chief, Michael Walinaulik some time ago said, usually people who come in Sota generally buy basic needs since it is difficult to get in their own region. (Frans L Kobun)

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3) INDONESIAN GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES MODERN AGRICULTURE PRACTICES IN PAPUA
Jayapura, Jubi/OpenGovAsia – Over the years, mass urbanisation has taken place in Indonesia, leading many to pack their bags and trek to centres like Jakarta.
Agricultural resources are valuable to our entire planet as they give us the air we breathe, the food we eat, the nutrients we need, and are often used to produce medical antidotes. That is why they are so important to maintain and protect.
Over the years, mass urbanisation has taken place in Indonesia, leading many to pack their bags and trek to centres like Jakarta. It has been said that this migration takes place due to unbalanced development and lack of security.
Since agricultural resources are a main staple of these rural areas, there must be enough land and crop production to meet this demand. This need can be met by modernising agricultural processes.
As M. Ikhsan Shiddieqy, Researcher at Indonesian Agency for Agricultural Research and Development, Ministry of Agriculture has shared through his research, “Agricultural modernization leads to the enhancement of crop production. The increase of agricultural production means there will be increase of the farmer’s income as well. This will make farmers feel more confident in facing their future. The government can make this happen with, for example, utilization of energized well-irrigation and fertilizer distribution.”
Indonesia aims to increase its agricultural production through the use of advanced technology. In order to meet the growing demand, they must introduce modern agricultural tools and technologies to farmers.
While in Merauke, a regency in the Papua province, President Joko Widodo stated, “The government will mobilise support to farmers and businessmen until the target of 1.2 million hectares of agricultural land that can provide harvest three times a year is achieved.”
The Government plans to introduce machines which will be used for planting through harvesting. This is the first known instance of using machinery in crop production and management.
Through this plan, the Government is prompting regional authorities to help the farmers in transitioning to using these technologies.
President Jokowi says this development should take 2 years to implement. Effects on irrigation and using underground water will be monitored closely as well.
This plan follows the 3 year vision for Indonesia to be self-sufficient in producing rice, corn, and soybeans. This target was set by President Jokowi for the Ministry of Agriculture to reach. (Jacqueline Kelleher)

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