Thursday, July 16, 2015

1) Natural Cycle at Papua Central Highlands Causes Failed Harvests

2) Releasing 5 Political Prisoners Is Won’t Solve Papua Problems
3) 2,400 Cubic Meters of Illegal Logs Still Impounded
4) PT. Freeport Should Not only Accommodate Interests of Central Government, Councilor Says
5) Merauke to Export Rice to PNG

1) Natural Cycle at Papua Central Highlands Causes Failed Harvests

Jayapura, Jubi – “During April to November we would be like this. Kwaning Kume! Rain is falling to flood our entirely farms. It was happening every year but this current ‘fall season’ is more serious than ever. Many people were died of lacking of foods,” Langda resident Ayub Balyo of Yahukimo Resident said six years ago.
Other local residents confirmed the statement of the priest who served for the local community at Langda Sub-district since 1991. According to residents met by Jubi in August 2009, during April to October, the rain is always falling every year in Langda. During this time, Langda’s soil would be terribly wet that caused the plants would not grow its roots such as in December to May. Moreover, the high intensity of rainfall also threatened many farms located at the mountain’s slope or steepness. If it was very wet, those farms could be eluded due to landslide. Langda residents usually call the period of April to October as the ‘fall season’.
In the ‘fall season’ like this, the residents would only consume some vegetables collected from the forest such as daun paku, tunas kelapa hutan, sayur lilin, labu siam, daun gedi or sweet potato leaves. No sweet potatoes or taros to be consumed since its roots are rotten or empty. At least they only eat baked young banana fruit.
The similar situation was reportedly happened in Puncak Regency. Three villages in Agandugume, namely Agamdugume, Tuput and Jiwot was threated to hunger due to hail falls for three days from 9 to 12 July.
The Puncak Regent Willem Wandik admitted the hail falls is almost happening every year, especially at long dry season. “It’s natural phenomenon. The hail falls usually happens in June to July,” Wandik said on Monday (13/7/2015), Antara News reported.
As earlier happened in Langda, Bomela and Seradala sub-districts six years ago, the hail falls in Puncak Regency, further said Wandik, destroyed the plants that can not be harvested. If it was prolonged dry season, the local residents usually move to Sinak or its surrounding areas that has not hail falls.
Meanwhile the Papua Governor Lukas Enembe admitted he has not yet received the report from the Puncak Regent related to the hunger endanger due to the fail sweet potato harvesting at Agamdugema Sub-district.
“This case is the responsible of local government, because this problem is often happened due to the natural phenomenon in Papua Central Highland area,” the Governor Enembe said in Jayapura on Monday (13/7/2015). He further explained he has not yet received the official report from the local regent.
Antara News reported about 10 thousand people at Puncak Regency are face the hunger due to fail sweet potato harvesting.
Currently the local residents in Agamdugema Sub-district only eat daun paku and labu cina. The extreme temperature between the day and night is not only happened in Puncak but also it happens in Wamena. The temperature at daylight could reach 25.3 Celsius degree while it reaches minus 11-Celsius degree at night. This natural phenomenon was happening until two weeks at the beginning of July in this year. (Victor Mambor/rom)
2) Releasing 5 Political Prisoners Is Won’t Solve Papua Problems
Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman said the Papua Legislative Council said President Joko Widodo’s decision to release five Papuan political prisoners during his visit in Papua earlier this year was not a solution to the the Papua issue.
Council Chairman Yunus Wonda said the release of the five political prisoners should be a start to a more lasting solution.
“The issue in Papua is more about a political issue. The release of political prisoners would not solve the Papua’s issue. The central government shouldn’t hesitate open up to conduct peace dialogue with Papua. The Papua issue would not be solved as long as the dialogue is not yet materialized,” Wonda said on Tuesday (14/7/2015).
According to him, the President Joko Widodo must obey his promise by doing a dialogue, which is already designed by Papua Peace Network (JDP). He further said the dialogue would not involve the Papua’s officials but the opposite party that has opposite ideology, whether those who are currently living in the forest or abroad.
“The dialogue would not involve the governor, Papua Legislative Council or Papua People’s Assembely. When SBY was president, I ever said whoever the president was; he could not solve the Papua’s issue if he didn’t start with the root of problems. If Aceh could have the Helsinki Pact, why couldn’t Papua?” he said.
He further said Papua has a value that the Central Government should be considered. Furthermore, the supports from Pacific countries over Papua is getting stronger although its status in MSG is only as observer. Now it’s the time for the Central Government to talk with Papuans and the opposite party.
“The Central Government shouldn’t talk with us, Papua officials, but people. About the place of dialogue, it would be up to Papuan people. They have a right but they have no courage to start and are living under the shadow of fear. Papua would remain the same if no one dare to start,” he said. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)


3) 2,400 Cubic Meters of Illegal Logs Still Impounded
Jayapura, Jubi – Four trucks loads of illegal Merbau (Intsia Bijuga) seized from trader Basman Gultom are still being kept at Impounding Warehouse (Rupbasan) in Jayapura.
The Jayapura District Court is currently hearing the case.
“The Forestry Police have found the logs were transported from Arso without legal documents. The permit expired and the trader used a permit for another company. They are currently attending the trial, therefore they entrusted their goods to us here,” the Head of Administration and Maintanance of Rupbasan Demianus Merahabia told Jubi at his office on Tuesday (14/7/2015).
Merahabia said each truck with Makassar police number namely DD 9222 AS, 9961 EB, 8754 LC, 8563 LC loaded 600 cubic of Merbau logs. It means the four trucks loaded 2,400 cubic of logs with measurement of 20 x 10 cm and 2 meters length. Its price could reach five million per cubic.
The 5 x 10 cm log is sold for five million rupiah per log. By multiplying it, the 24 thousand cubic would value more than 12 billion. But we don’t know how much they bought it from the local people and when would they sell it,” said the Acting Head of Rupbasan Jayapura Yohanes Sabami at his office.
Sabami said the logs would be returned to the owners or seized for the State. It’s up to the court’s decision. If it said the logs should return to the owner, we will give it. But if it goes to the State, it means those logs would be rotten like the rest,” he said.
A year ago, Jubi reported the logs from any kind and size that seized by the police and Prosecutor Office since 2006 to 2013 have get rotten in the yard of Rupbasan Office.
“The process is on going but it has not completed yet. It’s finally stuck. After the Court’s decision, the seized logs would be immediately executed whether it would be sold or destroyed. But the Prosecutor Office has not executed those logs for years. We can understand it if it just for months,” Sanang said in the interview with Jubi at his office at Expo Waena, Jayapura on Thursday (9/10/2014).
He admitted he often held communication with Prosecutor Office who authorized to do the final execution over the logs, but up to now it’s never been done.
“We keep communicate with them and they always said yes without realization,” he said by giving the examples of oral and written communications he’s done in order to save dozens of logs.
Meanwhile, the Section Head of Maintenance and Storing of Rupbasan said the logs were kept outside under the rain and the sun. Some are getting rotten and some even already got rotten. Its economic value is decrease. The State will loose hundreds of million rupiahs. “The logs were damage for nothing. It’s big loss for the stage,” Sabami told Jubi at his office.
Based on data issued by Rubbasan on September 2014, there are 6,983 logs of any kind and size or equal with 139,66 cubic. If it was converted in rupiah; the second quality log would reach two million rupiah per log. The State lost more than 278 million rupiah. While the first quality of Merbau log reaches 4 million rupiah per cubic, and the State loss 556 million rupiah. (Mawel Beny/rom)

4) PT. Freeport Should Not only Accommodate Interests of Central Government, Councilor Says
Jayapura, Jubi – A member of the Papua Legislative Council, Wilhelmus Pigai, warned PT. Freeport not to singularly accommodate the interests of the central government.
Freeport must also explicitly attend to the interests of Papua province, Mimika government and the owners in the work contract extension, he said.
He further said in the work extension contract of PT. Freeport, it should involve Papua province, Mimika government and customary rights owners.
“Not only the central government’s interests are accommodated but also the people of Papua so that the economic benefits delivered by President Jokowi can be felt by them,” Welhilmus said via text message to Jubi, Tuesday (14/7/2015).
According to him, PT. Freeport Indonesia must provide significant economic benefits that will not be considered to trigger social conflict and human rights violations against the people of Papua including the Amungsa and Komoro people.
Furthermore he added, the legal basis must be considered is the Papua Special Autonomy Law, in which also regulate the mining sector.
Meanwhile in the last presidential election, President Jokowi got most votes in Papua. Therefore, he must keep peoples’ trust by consistently implementing Special Autonomy Law. All regulations that are contrary to the Special Autonomy Law, to be canceled and make adjustments to the Papua Special Autonomy Law.
Separately, spokesperson of DPRP Yunus Wonda said, central government must involve all stakeholders such as provincial government, Mimika regency and indigenous peoples in the discussion of the work contract. (Arjuna Pademme/ Tina)


5) Merauke to Export Rice to PNG
Jayapura, Jubi / Antara – Merauke regent said he wanted Papua province to be an exporter of rice to foreign countries including Papua New Guinea.
“We are currently trying to export rice to Papua New Guinea. When President Joko Widodo visited Merauke, he was informed that there are gas sources that have not been used yet, which if taken into account the fertilizer plant can be built,” he said in Jayapura on Tuesday (14/07/2015).
Based on communication between Jokowi and the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, there was a deal in which the Merauke regent will deliver rice and Papua New Guinea will build a fertilizer plant in Merauke.
“Since rice per kilogram in Papua New Guinea reached Rp 26 thousand, Joko Widodo then offered a deal Rp 5,000 per kilogram if the source of the gas can be used to build a fertilizer plant,” he added.
He said that as the people of Papua, we should not be proud of the taking out from the ground or plucked from the ground.
“We should be proud when the soil can be cultivated productively, such as rice production is predicted to be able to meet the needs throughout Papua,” he said.
He then added by meeting demand for rice in Papua, the Papuan people are able to feed their own people. (*)

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