Jayapura, Jubi – Local farming production in Papua has not been able to fully provide food supplies for employees of PT. Freeport Indonesia, the acting head of Papua’s Trading and Industry Office said.
“Freeport has to import food supplies from Java Island, because we can not fulfill their demand,” Elsye Pakade in Jayapura on Sunday (14/6/2015).
She said local farmers planted vegetables, but carrots still have to be imported from outside of Papua. However, fish are supplied locally.
“Nevertheless, the commodities of local people supply Freeport’s demand,” she said.
The Women Working Group (Pokja) of Papua People Assembly earlier met with the PT. Freeport Indonesia in Jakarta. Women Pokja Chairwoman Debora Motte said as large company in Papua, PT. Freeport Indonesia should no longer import the food supplies for their employees, because it’s all already available in Papua. “In the meeting, Freeport welcomed our request,” said Debora Motte.
Therefore, she said the central areas such as Wamena, Jayapura Municipality and Regency, Biak Numfor and Mimika needs to become a shelter agent of local commodities before distributing to Freeport Indonesia.
“To realize this concept, Women Pokja of Papua People Assembly will coordinate with the Transportation Office and airlines to immediately open the regular flight routes to Timika, therefore the local farming production could quickly get to Timika,” she said. (Alexander Loen/rom)