Wamena, Jubi – To promote the production of local farmers’ coffee in Jayawijaya Regency, and to guarantee Arabica coffee will not claimed as agricultural products of other regions, the Government of Jayawijaya Regency, Papua Province, began to protect Wamena Arabica Coffee with certification requirements.
Jayawijaya Head of Planning and Regional Development Agency (Bappeda), Petrus Mahuze, claimed to have prepared geographical location, as one of the requirements that must be completed before Arabica coffee gets certified and protection from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
“We hope that there will be a certification for the local coffee product of Jayawijaya, and through this certification there will be protection for coffee farmers so that no more people (outside Jayawijaya) utilize Wamena coffee for personal benefit,” he said in Wamena, Friday (September 29).
Through the certification, said Peter, all the coffee farmers’ products spread across 40 districts throughout Jayawijaya Regency will be protected by law.
“If the certification is being violated, there are legal sanctions such as prison or a fine at about one billion,” he said.
According to him there was also suggestion to name Baliem Wamena Valley Arabica Coffee on all production.
“If it’s about packaging, it’s okay for the owner of the business or brand itself, but in every brand it should contain a logo that we will provide information on origin of the coffee,” he said.(*)
Editor: Zely Ariane