Labor Intensive Program Boosts the Economy of Farmers and Fishermen in Papua – The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) is committed to support infrastructure development in order to improve the economy in Papua. Not only large-scale infrastructure such as border roads and Trans Papua, the provision of people’s infrastructure is also distributed through the Cash for Work (PKT) scheme to encourage rural economic growth.

PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono said the PKT program was implemented through infrastructure development involving the community/local residents as actors, especially small-scale infrastructure or simple jobs that did not require technology.

“In addition to increasing people’s purchasing power, the PKT also aims to distribute development funds to villages/ the isolated areas. The pattern of implementing the PKT must also comply to physical & social distancing protocols to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” added Minister Basuki, Saturday (7/8/2021). ).

One of the cash labor-intensive programs in Papua is implemented by means of Regional Socio-Economic Infrastructure Development (PISEW) by the Directorate General of Human Settlements. This is realized by building production roads and boat moorings to make it easier for fishermen and farmers to transport agricultural, plantation and fishery products.

The PISEW program in this year in Papua was implemented in 20 locations with a workforce of 346 people.

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Several PISEW programs in Papua have been accomplished, one of which is in Agats District, Asmat Regency. This is done through the construction of rafters and wooden boat moorings.

The area of ‚Äč‚ÄčAgats District dominated by peatlands is considered to make it difficult for people of several villages to reach other districts, especially during the rainy season. The only access for residents is to use canoes or speed boats with quite expensive rental fees.

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