The Jakarta Post
Puncak Jaya Mulia regency in Papua wants a subsidy for air cargo services to make prices of goods more competitive in other provinces.
Puncak Jaya Mulia Regent Henok Ibo said on Monday that his regency had manufactured products such as coffee, fruit and chili sauce, but the prices were not competitive because of high transportation costs.
Located in a mountainous area, the only way to reach the regency is by airplane.
"I have asked the central government to provide a subsidy for air transportation. The concept is similar to the maritime highway concept, but it is applied for air transportation,” he told The Jakarta Post in Puncak Jaya Mulia regency, Papua.
He said Puncak Jaya Mulia arabica coffee was sold at Rp 150,000 (US$11.09) per 100 grams, while coffee from other Papuan regencies such as Wamena, were only sold for Rp 50,000 per 100-g.
He also expressed hope that transportation would be smoother after the completion of the trans-Papuan road in 2018. (bbn)