PTFI-Assisted SMEs Set the Standard for Community Empowerment Program

15 August 2016   |   CSR News

The Papua Province’s sixth Regional Fair (Peda) provided a timely opportunity for farmers and fishermen from regencies and cities across Papua to gather and take good advantage of the event to showcase their prime products and share experiences. The Peda included occasion for field trips or excursions to select top-rated destinations. One such destination designated by the organizing committee for a comparative study on livestock-breeding was the farm belonging to Yayasan Jayasakti Mandiri (YJM) foundation, which is assisted by PT Freeport Indonesia.

A Papua Province team and delegates from each regency and city visited the YJM farm in Kampung Utikini Baru (SP 12), on Thursday (4/8). The visitors were greeted by PTFI CSR Manager Yahya Alkatiri, YJM Group Leader Edmundus Maturbongs, and Devia Mom from YJM Management.

Speaking for the company, Yahya Alkatiri explained to the visitors that Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept in which organizations, and specifically companies answer to all  stakeholders, including consumers, employees, shareholders, customary landowners, and the communities surrounding the company in question, on all aspects, whether economic, social or environmental. CSR is closely associated with “sustainable development”, in the form of long-term and short-term contribution by the company to realizing the objective of bringing about prosperity for the people through management of impacts on all stakeholders (minimizing negative impacts and maximizing positive impacts). 

PTFI continues to spur value-added economic growth for local communities by honing competitive advantages in each region. In the performance of this role, PTFI works in conjunction with Amungme and Kamoro Community Development Organization (LPMAK) and other stakeholders to engage in regional and community development of the economic sector. In this regard PTFI and LPMAK address fishery, livestock breeding, farming, food security, and support programs for the economy as well as alternative economic programs in collaboration with other entities.

YJM is an enterprise to assist the community that is directly funded by PT Freeport Indonesia outside of the partnership fund (the 1 percent fund) managed by LPMAK. 90 percent of the 444 employees of Yayasan Jayasakti Mandiri are locals. In the span of one day, the farm produces 50 thousand chicken eggs, which meet 30 percent of Timika’s market demand; the eggs are even supplied to other regencies.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Development Program (PP-UMKM) and a Revolving Fund are aimed at developing local community activities through provision of guidance and assistance for Papuan entrepreneurs demonstrating potential. The program is expected to boost the local economy and improve the community’s standard of living in a sustainable manner, as well as increase local businesses’ market competitiveness.

This opportunity to observe the biggest farm in Papua was put to good use by the visitors from other regencies in Papua. At YJM, the agricultural fair participants stopped by modern farming facilities run by locals; an abattoir using modern equipment, operated professionally and boasting halal certification; and an egg-packing plant similarly run by locals. The last stop was at the first ever artificial insemination laboratory for hogs in Papua, where services are in demand by farmers not only in Mimika, but in other regencies in Papua as well. 

Peda VI Organizing Committee’s Comparative Studies Section Coordinator, Rosalina who is also a counselor from Papua Province Food Security Agency said, “Papuans must be informed and follow the progress of these enterprises, which are yet to appear in other regions. Here (in Timika, ed) there are progressive farming facilities that could serve as pilot projects for development of livestock breeding in Papua. Hopefully the farmers who are visiting here will have learned something and will proceed to build on the lessons learned.”  

Rosalina went on to explain that selection of YJM as a comparative study destination was based on the successful business development of the PTFI-assisted outfit. As such she hoped the visitors would strive to glean information and knowledge from YJM and PTFI. 

On the same occasion, Papua Province Head of Human Resources for Agricultural, Fishery and Forestry Guidance, Natan Ansanay said the Regional Fair provides a forum for exchange of information. Natan said the visit to the YJM farms sheds new light on how assistance such as provided by PTFI is boosting people’s economy through empowerment of the local economy. ”This is very good. Hopefully it yields not just natural resources products, but also human resources to improve the economy of local communities,” he said. 

YJM executive Devia Mom added, YJM is at this time not focusing solely on egg faming, poultry farming and hog farming, but has also ventured into the business of plantations with cacao and coffee cultivation, all of which are developed in the lowlands. These activities are aimed at encouraging the community to relinquish reliance on proposals and the like, by building their own enterprise. (Hendrikus)

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