Indonesia-Post-quake Reconstruction

It will take Indonesian farmers years to recover from quakes: experts

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Palu City, Indonesia - Oct 11, 2018 (CGTN - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Cacao farmer Naftalia pointing to cacao beans on tree
2. Naftalia showing damaged houses, cacao trees
3. Cacao trees
4. Cacao beans on tree
5. SOUNDBITE (Indonesian, dubbed with English) Naftalia, cacao farmer (no full name given)(partially overlaid with shot 6):
"About half a hectare of my plantation was hit by a landslide and then washed away by the river currents. The condition of my friend's plantation is much worse. As many as 3 hectares of cacao trees with ripened fruit ready for harvest were washed away by landslides and river currents. Everything is gone."
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6. Cacao bean
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7. Cacao trader Aheng talking to reporter
8. Aheng showing pictures in his phone
9. Pedestrians wading through water
10. Damaged houses
11. Aheng talking to reporter at store
12. Cacao beans
13. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Aheng, cacao trader (no full name given):
"Two or three days after the earthquake, I braved myself to come here. Immediately after, I couldn't come in because big trees blocked this road. My staff told me the store was completely destroyed. I said that's OK [as we're lucky to survive]."
14. Various of closed store
15. Aheng walking to warehouse
16. Aheng showing his warehouse

Storyline


People who survived the multiple strong quakes and an ensuing tsunami are beginning to rebuilding their homes after the search for victims came to an end on Friday night in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi province.

Naftalia is a smallholding cacao farmer in Sigi, just 45 kilometers south of Palu city. Sigi, together with Palu and nearby Donggala, was hit hard by the September 28 earthquake that practically flattened this part of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

"About half a hectare of my plantation was hit by a landslide and then washed away by the river currents. The condition of my friend's plantation is much worse. As many as 3 hectares of cacao trees with ripened fruit ready for harvest were washed away by landslides and river currents. Everything is gone," said Naftalia, a cacao farmer.

Cacao is an important income source for villagers in the region. In fact, Sulawesi accounts for 75 percent of Indonesia's total cacao production. The earthquake's impact on this important commodity still remains to be seen, but some farmers said all their plantations have been destroyed and more importantly, the disruption of logistics have stopped buyers from coming.

Aheng runs an agricultural commodities trading business. Since 1987, he has been sourcing cacao, coffee beans and cloves from smallholding farmers in the region. One of his warehouses was located at Petobo, a district in Palu city that has been badly destroyed by the earthquake.

"Two or three days after the earthquake, I braved myself to come here. Immediately after, I couldn't come in because big trees blocked this road. My staff told me the store was completely destroyed. I said that's OK [as we're lucky to survive]," said Aheng, the cocao trader.

Aheng's clients are international agricultural conglomerates, such as Singapore-based Olam and US-based Cargill. The twin-disasters have completely disrupted logistics in and out of Palu city. Like his upstream suppliers, Aheng also faces a logistical nightmare in reaching his customers.

Aheng doesn't know when he will reopen his business and he is worried about the bank loan he took for the advance cash payment to smallholder farmers. He says for businesses to go back to normal it might take as long as three years.

So far workers have found more than 2,000 bodies, but officials admitted that thousands more may still be buried and said they'll end the effort to recover bodies Friday night.

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  • ID : 8092935
  • Published : 2018-10-12 15:04
  • Last Modified : 2018-10-12 15:04:16
  • Location : Palu,Indonesia
  • Category : disaster and accident
  • Duration : 1'44
  • Audio Language : English/Chinese/Nats
  • Source : China Global Television Network (CGTN)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 2
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