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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Papua Needs to Tap Arabica Coffee Potential

Baliem Blue Coffee by KSU Baliem Arabica at

Baliem Blue Coffee by KSU Baliem Arabica at

Jayapura, Jubi – Second Deputy Chairman of Papua Legislative Council Fernando AY Tinal said Papua has so much potential in the agricultural sector such as Arabica coffee that has not been optimized by the local government at both regional and provincial levels.

He said, for instance the Arabica coffee plant that is suitable to grow in Papua highland areas gets little attention from the local government; yet it has potencial to be a top commodity.

“I hope the Papua Provincial Government through Plantation Office as well as Cooperation, Trading and Industry Office to support the cultivation of Arabica coffee in Papua,” said Tinal on Monday (21/3/2016).

According to him, the Arabica coffee should become one of top export commodities for Papua; moreover it is listed in the world’s stock exchange, New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

In Papua, said Tinal, Multi-Purpose Cooperation (KSU) Baliem Arabica is already established since 2006. The central office is located in Wamena, Jayawijaya pioneering the cultivation of coffee, coffee processing and national standard export with branding of BBCoffee BBCoffee (Baliem Blue Coffee). KSU Baliem Arabica production areas are including five regencies in highland area, namely Jayawijaya, Tolikara, Lani Jaya, Mamberamo Tengah and Yahukimo.

“Since 2009, BBCoffee exported its products to the international market. The end of 2013, it opened new distribution and sales office in Yogyakarta by launching online and offline market and barter of special product,” he said.

Separately, the Deputy Chairman of Commission II of Papua Legislative Council for Economic Affairs, Madai Gombo said Papua has much potential in agricultural sector to be developed and to improve the community economics.

“For instance coffee, red fruit (pandanus sp), cassava and others. It could become the economic resources for community,” said Madai Gombo.

Not only for agricultural sector, he further said, Papua also has potential for husbandry, such as chicken, cow and pig breeding. Local government should use all potencies. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)

West Papua begins to grow coffee

Manokwari, Papua (ANTARA News) – The provincial administration of West Papua is opening 20 hectares of lands for coffee plantation in the regency of Pegunungan Arfak this year.

“We are preparing 35,000 arabica coffee seedlings to be grown in farmers lands in the district of Testega,” head of the regional plantation service Agus Wali said here on Wednesday.

He said in the beginning the seedlings were to be brought in from the Jember Plantation Research Center in East Java, but it is feared that seedlings from Jember would not grow well in the mountainous area of Pegunungan Arfak.

Pegunungan Arfak is 2000 meters above the sea level, therefore, seedlings from Jember would need time for adjustment to the cold climate of that area unlike seedlings from Wamena which has almost the same climate with Pegunungan Arfak, he said.

“Therefore, the plantation service is seeking to procure the seedlings from Wamena, where seedlings are being grown,” he said.(*)