Tuesday, August 23, 2016

1) Worker in Papua Shot Dead Allegedly by Separatists

2) Pieter Tan Opens Barista School for Children of Wamena Coffee Farmers

3) Legislator: Do Not Slander People as OPM

4) Ministry of Agriculture Gives Farming Tools in Nabire

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1) Worker in Papua Shot Dead Allegedly by Separatists
By : Robert Isidorus | on 3:53 PM August 23, 2016
Jakarta. A 36-year-old man was shot dead by four assailants believed to be members of the separatist Free Papua Movement, or OPM, in the village of Kome near Malagaineri in the Lanny Jaya district, Papua, on Monday (22/08).
The OPM men arrived at the Popong factory at around 12.30 p.m., ordered all its workers to gather together and threatened to kill them.
"All of you will lose your heads today," the men said and fired SS2-V1 and AK-47 rifles randomly at the workers, killing one of them.
Papua Police spokesman Chief Comr. Patrice confirmed the incident to reporters later on Monday afternoon.
According to Lanny Jaya district head Befa Yigibalom, witnesses claimed the victim was killed by an OPM group led by Purom and Enden Wenda.
The Lanny Jaya administration will provide Rp 1 billion ($74,000) in compensation to the victim's family, whose body will be transported for burial to Toraja, South Sulawesi.

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2) Pieter Tan Opens Barista School for Children of Wamena Coffee Farmers
22 August 2016

Mr. Maximus, a coffee farmer in Wamena – diasporaiqbal.blogspot.co.id
Jayapura, Jubi – Coffee entrepreneur Pieter Tan has opened a barista school for the children of coffee farmers in Wamena, Jayawijaya Regency.
“I am prioritizing the courses for the children of coffee farmers in Wamena. For them, it’s free and I have arranged the accommodation for them. So, only those who’ve been selected could be trained here,” he said in Jayapura on Sunday (21/8/2016).
He explained farmers in Wamena are currently in their fifties. So, he founded the school to arouse among young people the desire to become the coffee farmer. “I think if they were retired, then the young people are more interested to become civil servants or employees. Few want to be farmers,” he said.
“My goal with this school is to attract the young people from Wamena to be interested and learn about coffee, and find a lot of new things and have fun, and that they can make money from the coffee,” he added.
He said that the course is not running yet because in Wamena, they just finished the Baliem Valley Festival. “I am still not opening the registration because still waiting the boys from Wamena. I will open a class for the start; there would be six students. We will teach more information about coffee and how to extract it, either with machine or manually,” he said.
He said he would strictly select those who will go to his school, as it needs quite huge investment. “Frankly, what I’ve prepared is not cheap, but it’s all free. So I only want to train those who are really serious to know about coffee. They will learn for about a month and can practice their knowledge directly at Pit’s Corner,” said Tan.
According to him until now it’s difficult to find baristas in Papua, but he looked it as an opportunity to empower the indigenous Papuans. “If they have already met the standard, I will give recommendation to the hotels that have become our partner. Barista in Papua is still limited, most hotels have problem with it,” he said.
Wamena Coffee Production
The global demand for Wamena coffee is quite high, said Pieter Tan, who was born in Jayapura and owner of Kopi Garuda Jayapura.
“From overseas they ask for large quantities,” he said. He also said until know the production of Wamena coffee does not meet the market demand at both domestic and international market.
“I sell Papua coffee locally, even in Indonesia it’s not enough, so I keep prioritizing to supply the market in Indoensia. I will send it to overseas if there were overstocks,” he said. According to him it’s because the coffee plantation in Wamena is still applying the communal system, while the international buyers require a contract. With the limited production, he admitted not dare for taking the contract.
But Pieter said there is now an increase of total production of Wamena coffee, but he assumed it would be significantly increased in the couple next years.
“Total production in Papua is fluctuating. It’s quite good this year, but the harvesting is not completed yet, so we cannot get the fixed figures. Last year the production wasn’t up to 40 tones. Government is quite supportive by providing the technical assistance to the coffee farmers in Wamena. Now the plantation keeps ongoing, we expect the production could be improved within four to five years,” he said. (*/rom)


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3) Legislator: Do Not Slander People as OPM

22 August 2016

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua legislator Deerd Tabuni warned parties in the Papua highland area, in particular Puncak Jaya Regency, against manipulating the situation for their own political and financial benefit, including making claims that they have persuaded some members of Papua Free Movement (OPM) in the region to lay down their weapons.
He urged security forces to remain on alert and not to immediately trust officials who claim to be have been able to persuade the OPM members to come down.
“The commander must know to distinguish between false or real (OPM) members. Do not generalize all. For example, some time ago, media reported nine OPM members have come back and handed their weapons. Then they were taken to Jayapura and Jakarta. But the fact is they never gave the weapons,” said Deerd Tabuni on Sunday (21/8/2016).
According to him, on 6 August, two people namely Tidiman Enumbi, the reverence at Tinggi Neri and Terinus Enumbi, one of nine people who reportedly came down and forced to give the weapon. According Deerd Tabuni who claimed a nephew of OPM leader Goliat Tabuni, both Tidiman and Terinus were threatened to be arrested if they were not give the weapons while all weapons were at Goliat Tabuni’s headquarters.
“From the accurate date we received, there are 127 weapons of any kinds at Goliat’s headquarters. As a result of being forced, the two families were almost clashed. To avoid the conflict, Goliat Tabuni handed the pistol that seized by Terianus Enumbo from the security force to be returned,” he said.
He suspected the local officials have played a game for the sake of their position. This politician from Golkar Party asked the Puncak Jaya Regent Henock Ibo to not become exaggerated. “I hope the Regent Henock Ibo to not sell the people for his interest. Last time he said Rambo Wenda and Purom Wenda who were encouraged him to became a regent. But after he was elected as the regent, it was him. It’s the witness of Rambo and Purom. Do not get position with the wrong ways. I saw people was used for the position,” he said.
He said he does not restrict any OPM members to return. It’s good for them to return to the community. But do not generalize it. “Do not give label of OPM members to the highlanders only. Do not take profit and position with wrong ways. It’s a project. It is for personal profit and position. As a man from Papua highland area, I have to deal with it,” he added.
Another Papua legislator Laurenzus Kadepa said almost every year there is information saying dozens to hundreds of OPM members come down the mountain and return to the Republic of Indonesia. But until now the OPM is still existed. “It never ends. I don’t know who’s cheating. Who’ll get the benefit. It’s still old fashioned,” Kadepa said at that moment. (*/rom)
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4) Ministry of Agriculture Gives Farming Tools in Nabire
23 August 2016
Nabire, Jubi – Director General of Infrastructure of the Ministry of Agriculture has distributed farming tools to paddy farmer groups in Nabire, Papua.
Further the Director General Risfaheri said it was expected to help the farmers in preparation, planting to harvesting; hence it could increase grain production.
“Earlier, the farmers merely rely on their own strength, now they could use those tools to help them in prepararing the ground until harvesting,” said Resfaheri in Nabire on last week.
He promised to keep paying attention to local farmers by providing assistance, especially indigenous Papuans, because some of them are among the farmers who manage the paddy field like other farmers. “Nabire must seek to increase its production and become a paddy barn for the neighboring regencies,” he said.
In the same place, the Head of Nabire Agriculture Office Viktor Sawo said the government expected the farming tools could bear the increase of paddy production for food self-sufficiency.
“I hope the farmers could use and maintain the tools well to be useful to increase the production,” he said.
The farming tools handed by the Government are including the hand tractors, rice transplanters, water jet pump, power thresher and other post harvesting tools. A quite successful indigenous paddy farmer, Yeri Adii told Jubi he was happy with the aid.
“Due to the tools, I don’t have to drain my self. So, for my brothers Papuan people, let us learn, do not just work because of the aid, and then stagnant,” he said.
Besides the farming tools, he also expected the government could provide the training to indigenous farmers, particularly on paddy planting. (*/rom)
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