Tuesday, November 10, 2015

1) FOOD RESERVES IN PAPUA SUFFICIENT TILL THE END OF 2015


2) Sampari Exhibition. West Papua Art Exhibition and Sale
3) PAPUA COULD FACE FLIGHT CRISIS DUE TO AVIATION POLICY
4) 12 VILLAGES OCCUPY WASUR NATIONAL PARK
5) EDUCATION IN PAPUA STILL A CONCERN
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1) FOOD RESERVES IN PAPUA SUFFICIENT TILL THE END OF 2015
Jayapura, Jubi – The head of food security of Papua, Altikal Patulak, said food stock in Papua is adequate until the end of the year even though thousands of hectares of agricultural land in Merauke are facing crop failure.
He said he had coordinated with the State Logistic Agency (Bulog) and the Industry and Trade Department about securing food stock.
According to him, agricultural failure has little impact on the price of basic commodities.
“I met with counselors and staff of Merauke Food Security Agency. Then I went to the market and found that the price of rice is around Rp9.000 to Rp11,000 / kg,” he said in Jayapura on last week.
While the price in other regions is still normal as well. “So the effect is not significant. For in Jayapura, the price of premium rice is Rp14.500 / kg, and the lowest rice price Rp10.750 / kg, “he added.
He added that the company also has obtained assurance from the central government, now food security in Indonesia is still relatively safe although many provinces are experiencing drought.
“We are also coordinating center, although el nino long enough but food stocks to the provincial level and throughout Indonesia is still safe,” said Altikal.
Separately, assistant economics and development in Papua, Elia Loupatty said to boost food security in the Earth of Paradise, the provincial government must prioritize strategic program of economic empowerment and institutional hometown.
“The program is conducted in five indigenous areas which are Mamta, Saereri, Animha, Meepago and Lapago areas,” he added. (Alexander Loen)

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2) Sampari Exhibition. West Papua Art Exhibition and Sale

The exhibition is designed to inspire a bounty of imagery and knowledge about West Papua as...... 

a bounded territory of extraordinary physical beauty (albeit being plundered)..... 

an ancient landmass of complex geologies 
(albeit being exploited)..... 

a living museum of rare flora and fauna 
(albeit being flogged in black markets)..... 

the homeland of an indigenous peoples whose footprints dominate ancient time and space as much as their inquiries are determining today’s geophysical domains and political arenas.


There will be a week of events, talks, films, food and art at the ACU gallery.


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3) PAPUA COULD FACE FLIGHT CRISIS DUE TO AVIATION POLICY
Jayapura, Jubi – The airline business is facing a crisis because of a new policy issued by the Ministry of Transportation, said the head of Papua’s Transportation Department, Yusuf Yambe Yabdi.
“Actually, Papua is on the brink of a flight crisis due to the minister’s policy on airlines,” he said in Jayapura on last week.
He continued, the presence of the pioneering flight to Papua is vital that he hoped there will be special policies issued based on the condition in the province.
“At the moment, the flights are still normal but there is a meeting planned by a small flight management. We are led to the flight crisis if the police is realized since Papua relies on air transportation,” he added.
He further said in the near future the minister Ignatius Jonan will come to Papua, and we will use this opportunity to talk about it.
“We will ask for the additional flight. He plans to come on 5-6 November related to the extension of the runway of Wamena airport. we will have a consolidation meeting,” he said.
Since the case Avia Star that crushed down in Sulawesi Selatan, the Ministry of Transportation gave a note to the aviation pioneer. (*)
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4) 12 VILLAGES OCCUPY WASUR NATIONAL PARK
Merauke, Jubi- As many as 12 villages in Wasur National Park are inhabited by the indigenous people of Papua, the head of Wasur National Park, Anggoro, said.
The villagers had lived there even before the area of 430,000 hectares was designated as a national park in 1997, Anggoro said.
“We appreciate and respect indigenous Papuans who live in Wasur location. Their right will be always noticed as usual, “he said in his office on last week.
He said on each occasion, he always visits them and hear directly from them about the difficulties they faced.
“We asked what their needs are,” he said.
He revealed the aid donated is not in the form of money but items such as nets, salt for drying fish as well as some agricultural tools to open farmland.
“We are trying to help anything that can be to the progress of local residents in Wasur, “he said.
He further said there is a desire of local residents to open up agricultural land planted with rice and the area has been prepared only not on a large scale as the program President, Joko Widodo. If it should be run, then surely it must be reported to the central level first. (Frans L Kobun)
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5) EDUCATION IN PAPUA STILL A CONCERN

Yogyakarta, Jubi – Andy Tagihuma, literary activist and education observer in Papua, said education under the Dutch was much better than it has been since Papua became part of Indonesia.
“In the early 1930s, many books about Papua were published by the missionaries in Byak language. Then, a lot of books from the Malay language and then translated into Byak. The books were then distributed from Byak to Raja Ampat,” Andy said in a seminar organized by Papuan students on campus FISIPOL UGM on last week.
He continued, at that time the missionaries established a school to teach Papuan kids and the education system applied was very well . As a result the students at the time was far more clever.
“The system applied was very precisely by adjusting to the real condition and the needs of Papuans. However, it is far different since Papua became part of Indonesia since it applied national standard without seeing the real conditions in the field, including local social and cultural conditions,” he said.
Meanwhile, Max Binur, education practitioners from Papua in the same place, said the education system applied in Indonesia is actually not appropriate.
“So, I am with some friends begin to provide education about local knowledge, culture, art and anything that can motivate Papuan kids to know their own culture so they will have a sense of pride on their identity,” he added.
He added the issue of education is not just a matter of teaching and learning process but the more important issue is all about human resources.
Meanwhile, faculty of State University of Papua, I Ngurah Suryawan, said, there is an interesting phenomenon in Papua which is the removal of identity-Papua-an orderly and systematic fashion.
“To avoid that, education based on local wisdom becomes very important at this time. Through education children can recognize their Papuan culture and identity,” said Ngurah, doctoral candidate of the Faculty of Humanities at UGM Yogyakarta. (Arnold Belau)
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