Jayapura, Jubi – The head of food security of Papua, Altikal Patulak, said food stock in Papua is adequate until the end of the year even though thousands of hectares of agricultural land in Merauke are facing crop failure.
He said he had coordinated with the State Logistic Agency (Bulog) and the Industry and Trade Department about securing food stock.
According to him, agricultural failure has little impact on the price of basic commodities.
“I met with counselors and staff of Merauke Food Security Agency. Then I went to the market and found that the price of rice is around Rp9.000 to Rp11,000 / kg,” he said in Jayapura on last week.
While the price in other regions is still normal as well. “So the effect is not significant. For in Jayapura, the price of premium rice is Rp14.500 / kg, and the lowest rice price Rp10.750 / kg, “he added.
He added that the company also has obtained assurance from the central government, now food security in Indonesia is still relatively safe although many provinces are experiencing drought.
“We are also coordinating center, although el nino long enough but food stocks to the provincial level and throughout Indonesia is still safe,” said Altikal.
Separately, assistant economics and development in Papua, Elia Loupatty said to boost food security in the Earth of Paradise, the provincial government must prioritize strategic program of economic empowerment and institutional hometown.
“The program is conducted in five indigenous areas which are Mamta, Saereri, Animha, Meepago and Lapago areas,” he added. (Alexander Loen)