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Citronella Cultivation Collaboration, Keerom Local Government Commits to Providing Industrial Houses

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Head of Economic Section of Bappeda Keerom Triyono as a speaker in the Discussion Series on Management of Papuan Food Innovative Products: Torang Pu Para Para Festival, Monday (16/8).

Jakarta, – Head of Economic Section for Bappeda Keerom Triyono said his party was ready to provide industrial houses for citronella products in the midst of the Keerom community’s efforts to preserve nature and forests through citronella cultivation.

The Association for Small Business Improvement (PUPUK) in the Provinces of Papua and West Papua held a Papuan Food Product Management Discussion Series: Torang Pu Para Para Festival which is one of the activities of the Program for Preserving Natural Resources and Improving the Lives of Indigenous Peoples through Sustainable Agriculture in Tanah Papua (PAPeDA) supported by The Asia Foundation (TAF), on Monday (16/8).

On that occasion, Triyono, who was the speaker at the event, said that at first he was looking for a breakthrough so that the land in Keerom Regency would not be idle. Then, in collaboration with the community, his party planted citronella.

“After a few months, the KIPRa Foundation coordinated with Bappeda to promote lemongrass plant products, then we bought seeds with a large enough budget, now some of them are running and can be harvested. We continue to coordinate with the KIPRa Foundation to synergize in providing materials,” said Triyono.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Triyono said the economy of the people in Keerom Regency declined significantly. This is due to the presence of diseases in cocoa and oil palm trees and the citronella industry is one of the options to improve the community’s economy.

Furthermore, Triyono said that the Regional Government (Pemda) was committed to continuing to encourage processed citronella products to be marketed to the wider community.

One form of his commitment, Triyono said that his party would provide industrial houses for citronella products so that they could become a marketing platform for the community.

“We continue to coordinate with parties in the field to provide industrial houses for citronella, so that tea products and hand sanitizers can be marketed in the industrial houses. We have coordinated with the local government to provide industrial houses for the sale of the citronella products,” said Triyono.

It is known that the PAPeDA program by The Asia Foundation (TAF) is carried out to encourage the acceleration of Papua’s economic growth by relying more on the participation of the community as a whole, business people, local governments, and village government economic institutions (such as: Village-Owned Enterprises/BUMKam).

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