Growing Village Economy, DPMK and OAP Papua Train and Assist Business Groups – In order to grow the people’s economy in the village, the Papua Province Village and Indigenous People Empowerment Service (DPMK and OAP) held training as well as provided assistance with coffee, sago, rice, banana, mango and fish prosessing equipment to community business groups.

This training for community business groups from Jayapura, Sarmi, Yapen Islands, Merauke and Puncak Jaya Regencies, DPMK and OAP Papua Province in collaboration with a researcher from Uncen Jayapura, Drs I Made Budi which lasted for 2 days, 2 – 3 December 2022.

A Head of DMPK and OAP of Papua Province, Yopi Murib, SE, MM said, in 2022, his party had conducted training and provided assistance for processing equipment for superior Papuan products 2 times.

“Actually, this training activity took place three times, but we combined it into 2 times. The first is with funds sourced from the Papua Province Main APBD and the second is sourced from the 2022 Revised APBD, especially in this Revised APBD a sizable budget is provided,” said Yopi Murib after the Closing of the Training at Researcher I Made Budi’s workshop in Waena, Heram, Jayapura City.

For this reason, said Yopi Murib, DPMK and OAP keep focused on providing training and assistance with processing equipment to community business groups that are already running and have great potential to be able to increase people’s income so that they can improve welfare, especially indigenous Papuans.

Assistance with processing equipment, in the form of machines for processing coffee, sago, bananas, mangoes and rice. However, before providing training and providing assistance with the processing machines, the DMPK and OAP conducted a survey in accordance with the existing potential in the village.

“We continue and keep on to conduct training and assistance to the community, because I have always said that if you present big technology, it takes time. Even if it is done, it doesn’t matter if the government just does it. However, our special task is DPMK and OAP to continue to empower the people in the village through business groups in the villages in accordance with the potential of crops, for example rice, yes, we will help rice processing machines, if there is superior potential for coffee, we will help machines. coffee processing,” he said.

Yopi said that DPMK and OAP are trying to grow the people’s economy in the villages by using Appropriate Technology (TTG) to develop community businesses in the villages.

“On the other hand, we are also introducing technology that is simple and easy to operate by the people in the village to process their crops, so that it is more efficient and profitable, so that the results can be enjoyed by the village community, moreover our ultimate goal is to increase the economy and people’s welfare,” he said.

Admittedly, the training and provision of agricultural product processing machine assistance to this community business group was positively welcomed and high public interest by the community.

“We hope that there will be an additional budget for training programs and providing processing machine assistance to community business groups in this village. We hope the governor, the regional secretary can see the reaction of the people who want to prosper through this program in accordance with our main duties, so we need to encourage additional budgets,” he added.

Meanwhile, a Researcher Drs I Made Budi expressed his gratitude and appreciation to DPMK and OAP Papua Province, because as a local researcher and teacher, he was trusted to provide training as well as use the technology they have created.

“We know exactly with 36 years of experience teaching in Papua, I know Papua exactly, especially the content of its natural resources. For this reason, it appeared to make technology, because no matter how great natural resources are, without technology, development will surely be slow, especially processing the crops of the people of Papua,” he said.

For this reason, his party was motivated to create machines for processing agricultural products, especially since the technology was created according to the local characteristics of Papua.

“Simplified, but does not reduce quality. In fact, for coffee processing, we have created a packaging machine, namely sachet coffee. Because, if it is sold per gram or kilogram, it will be difficult to sell it or it will be slow because the price is quite high, so if it is made in sachets for example Rp. 2 thousand, it will be easier to sell. So, this is a strategy and innovation is important,” he explained.

What was clear, Made added, was that with the technology he made, it is simple and easy for the people in the village to operate, including for processing sago from grated to squeezed where every 6 hours can get 30 sacks.

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