Ecology-Based Fiscal Transfer Supports Papuan Cocoa Cultivation – Ecological-based fiscal transfer is one of the initiatives to strengthen the implementation of low-carbon development in Indonesia. The fiscal transfers consist of three schemes, namely the Ecology-Based National Budget Transfer (TANE), the Ecology-Based Provincial Budget Transfer (TAPE), and the Ecology-Based Regency Budget Transfer (TAKE).

Jayapura Regency, Papua, is the first area to successfully implement TAKE. This budget transfer has succeeded in revitalizing Cocoa planting conducted by village-owned enterprises, one of which is in the Imsar Village.

As stated by a Head of Imsar Village, Jayapura Regency, Oskar Giay, the Cacao cultivation business has existed since 1950 but in 2010 the business was abandoned by people because of pests that made cocoa plantations disregarded.

“In 2018 Cocoa began to be planted again through the revitalization of the food crop plantation office of Jayapura Regency.  The village government accompanies the work of Cocoa farmers to give support in the form of funds according to the instructions from the district level so that the community grows Cocoa,” said Oskar in the Katadata Webinar ‘Sustainable Commodity Development in Papua’ written Tuesday (26/10/2021).

With the assistance of the Small Business Association Incubator Company (PUPUK), Cocoa is processed into chocolate bars that can be consumed directly under the Cendrawasih Chocolate brand.

Although now Cocoa can make a big contribution to the village’s economy, the Executive Director of PT PPMA, Naomi Marasian, told of the challenges faced in convincing residents to plant cocoa again after it was abandoned.

For him, people think that Cocoa cannot be relied on to support their economy.

Not only PT PPMA, TAF has also contributed a lot to the revitalization of cocoa in Jayapura district. On the report of  the Deputy Director of the Environmental Government Unit of TAF, Alam Surya Putra that his party helps to strengthen access to the cocoa market and cooperates with various institutions and offtakers, both cooperatives, producers of chocolate product management so that it becomes a commodity that the community can rely on.

“TAF wants to encourage the Green Economy Village RPJM so that the village government thinks about programs at the village level to protect the environment and improve the economy. The success of village governance in developing its own scheme to strengthen competition among villages is to strengthen the economy while protecting the forest,” said Alam at the same event.

The development of Cocoa in Imsar village cannot be separated from the contribution of the Jayapura Regency government. The Jayapura Regent explained that so far his party has played a part in assisting the community and providing village funds allocated for Cocoa plantations.

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