West Papua Commodities, One of Which Exported to Czechoslovakia

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West Papua has various commodities that are a shame to not know about, especially when one receives international recognition. Find out below!

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It was reported that agriculture was the only sector that experienced an increase during the pandemic. It made the Head of the State focus more on the sector, especially in West Papua.

Previously, the President has declared that the local government must prepare the region for major agricultural commodities producers. The idea was well-received by both the local government and the Minister of Agriculture. Several programs have been planned to ensure its realization.

The local government has worked hard on selecting the best local commodities that should be mass products. In support of that hard work, the Minister has prepared programs to train young farmers. Millennial farmers were chosen to drive the major producer of agricultural commodities by the President himself.

If you are longing for what commodities the region has, here they are.

Seaweed

Seaweed is another superior commodity of West Papua. As many as 20 tons of seaweed were transported to Surabaya. Not many people know that the underdeveloped region in Indonesia can achieve that high.

This success is the result of the superior commodity-based green investment program. The program aims at providing technical support for small farmers. And Small Medium Enterprises are assisted to be great, independent entrepreneurs.

This kind of seaweed is a common kind cultivated in many regions in Indonesia. It is usually used for food products and as a material for cosmetics.

Following such a success, Governor Dominggus Mandacan instructed that a working unit for superior commodity be created. It is to guarantee the commodity productivity runs effectively.

Several other plans conveyed in the instruction were: (1) increasing production yields and value of seaweed products by preparing business plan and development, (2) providing training for seaweed farmers of West Papua people to accelerate production, income, and welfare gain, and (3) providing access to business capital with bank cooperation.

Red Fruit

Red fruit is also known as Pandanus conoideus. This 2-3.5 m tree is well-received by international markets, namely Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and Czechoslovakia. Although it is exported on a small scale, the demand keeps growing.

The fruit grows in clusters of at least 12 individuals and will produce fruit at 1.5-5 years old. When the fruit is produced, it changes color from pale red to red brick. Different variety has different attributes. Those attributes include large size, 120 ml oil production per kilogram of fruit, soft pith, and 5-10 fruits production per clump.

This big fruit, along with its tree, has so many uses. Local people consume the fruit by splitting it and cooking it in an earth oven. They also use it for medicinal purposes. As the fruit has so much oil, the people also make a savory red sauce. But, when consumed in large quantities, it can cause insomnia.

Besides food, using the sweet fruit as bait for tree cuscus, ground rats, and bird of paradise is also an option. The roots can also be tied together to make ropes and floor mats. Its timber is strong enough to be used for wall construction.

Nutmeg

One of the commodities that are found abundant in West Papua is nutmeg. It covers 8.6 percent of Indonesian nutmeg production. Fakfak regency is a major nutmeg producer in the region, and its production yields reach 80 percent of the total nutmeg the region can produce. Thus, the regency plays a vital role in the industry.

Species of Myristica fragrans argentea is the main star. It is planted on 6,071 hectares which is equal to 80 percent of land in the city. The percentage is no joke for the business.

The abundance is the result of community influence. The local people have cultivated the commodity for generations. It is like the plant has monopolized local people’s forest gardens.

The forest gardens themselves are located in various areas, ranging from mountainous to coastal ecosystems. A different area yields a different amount of production and has a different pattern.

Cocoa

Cocoa is another pride of the region and Indonesia. The region has successfully exported premium quality dried Cocoa beans to Europe. It is all thanks to the successful collaboration between the co-founder of Pipiltin Cocoa and French chocolatier Alexandre Bellion. And the collaboration would be in vain without the blessed nature that produces fine chocolate named Ransiki.

The Ransiki production started with Bellion’s visit to West Papua and Papua. His love for crafting fine chocolate brought him to witness the richness of the Indonesian eastern region’s cocoa produces. With the help of the Sustainable Trade Initiatives Foundation, he met Tissa Aunilla, co-founder of a chocolate processor based in Jakarta.

During the meeting, Aunilla confirmed that they considered chocolate processing from cocoa beans to bars. And the cocoa beans cultivated in South Manokwari have a unique richness that makes them different from their existing cocoa beans collections.

Seeing a huge opportunity, the foundation worked with the local government to introduce fine chocolate to the world. The first introduction was attended by international certification institutions, foreign embassies, and media representatives. It proves that West Papua chocolate can be among other well-known fine chocolates globally.