Photo: FEW members, in the process of releasing juvenile fish to the ponds


BOVEN DIGOEL – On Sunday (2/10), Boven Digoel’s Family Empowerment and Welfare (FEW) mobilizer team visited the location of its pilot acreage project and fish farm in Asiki Village, Jair District, Boven Digoel Regency, Papua.

Team leader Veronika Yaluwo and her members got down to the land TSE Group specially prepared for the project and planted the first paddy seeds. Joined by TSE representatives, the guests also took their time to see the farm.

The acreage’s 25m x 25m area has been cleared and turned into multiple plant beds with a gate enclosing the perimeter. Aside from paddy, it will be filled with vegetable plants like chili or corn. Next to it, TSE Group built cages for the fishery. Seeds and fertilizer for planting are provided by the local Fisheries, Farming, and Horticultural Crop service (TPHPP), which will also supply juvenile fish for the farm. Meanwhile, TSE Group will be monitoring the progress in both places, especially during nursery.

The cropland, Yaluwo said, would be a solution to poor farming practices in the region. Papuans could watch the vegetable cultivation and fisheries management process directly and learn how to do them properly.

The project and farm follow up TSE Group and the mobilizer team’s partnership meeting, which took place in Tanah Merah on 20 August. Through its collaboration, the company shows concrete action in developing Papua’s environment and community economic centers.

Local man feeding the fish in the piscary

A group photo with the mobilizer team and company representatives

Not long after, TPHPP took its turn to visit, dropping by the premises on Monday (10/10).

On this occasion, officials (accompanied by PT Tunas Sawa Erma representative Daniel Sim Ayomi) released around 850 juvenile fish to the fishery’s ponds, which included common carps, nile tilapias, and catfishes.

Due to its close proximity to the cropland, the piscary will be able to provide nutrients for the plants through fish feces, making them instrumental in crop fertility.

According to TPHPP head Niko Saran, the project had great potential to promote self-sufficiency in Papuans as they gained autonomy over plant and fish farming. “We very much appreciate what TSE Group does for local community empowerment,” he said. (PR)


Published On: October 3, 2022
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