Challenges Facing Coffee Business in West Papua Today - There are at least three challenges facing the Coffee Business in West Papua (Papua and Papua Barat provinces of Indonesia), that I need to expose to the p...
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This year of 2015 is the year of ASEAN Market Unification however, Papua is still left behind in many aspects, let alone coffee business. The vice-governor said recently that Papua is ready to integrate into ASEAN Single Market, but I would argue that this is not a reality. What he said is only a hope. A hope is not a reality. We want to see real actions in response to the current reality and progress. We do not want rhetoric, but reality, and real actions, based on real condition.Mr Kwano continues that in many events we hear people mention the name "Kopi Wamena", or "Kopi Papua", but nobody knows who is actually professionally organising the farmers and educating them to produce coffee based on internationally practiced standards of coffee production. Jhon Kwano furthermore explains that there are local government who wants coffee business to go bankrupt, and consequently pushing policies that bring about great loss to the coffee farmers and the Baliem Arabica cooperative itself. Questioned on which local government, Mr. Kwano chose not to mention. Asked whether government should be responsible for the current coffee business situation in West Papua (Papua and Papua Barat Provinces of Indonesia), Jhon Kwano says, "It is enough, we have enough people blaming the government. THere is nobody to blame, no need to blame anyone. The overal situation in West Papua is that we are not yet ready, and nobody to blame for that matter of fact. What we need to do is acknowledge the reality, and work hard on that realisation in order to welcome current developments in all aspects of life. Asia is ready for Papua Coffee, and therefore, now is the time for Papuans and coffee business companies to focus on developing and managing the coffee business in West Papua.
Papuan people know coffee is arabica. Even they will call coffee equals to arabica, and when you give them a robusta coffee, they will say, this arabica coffee is called robusta. Coffee is not separated from Arabica in the understanding of all Papuans.When asked about whether or not this part of the world has some Robusta Coffee plantation, Karoba says that there are some Robusta Coffee trees around, but we cannot categorize them as plantation, because there are only a few trees around. For example, we can see robusta coffee trees around the Baliem Blue Coffee Warehouse in Kampung Harapan, Sentani Timur, Jayapura, Papua Province.
There is also a need for Robusta Coffee plantation, but we need to properly manage arabica business and expand more into the highlands, before even thinking about robusta coffee. We need to optimize outcome of what we have first before talking about what we do not have right now.Robusta Coffee is not that familiar. Arabica coffee is familiar all around the Isle of New Guinea.