People’s enthusiasm for farming in Papua has increased during the pandemic

Peanut harvesting at Kemtuk Sub-district, Jayapura Regency. - Jubi/Engelbert Wally

Peanut harvesting at Kemtuk Sub-district, Jayapura Regency. - Jubi/Engelbert Wally

Sentani, Jubi – The Government of Jayapura Regency has intensified the local resources management program during the Covid-19 pandemic that received a positive response from residents, especially those living in rural areas.

 

“People in twelve villagers spend (most of ) their time farming and raising livestock. They plant vegetables, tubes, peanuts and raise broilers and laying hens,” said the Head of Kemtuk Sub-district Junno R Marbase on Thursday (1/10/2020).

 

During the pandemic, cultivating and raising livestock is not only done by farmers but also employees and students who do planting after office hours. Also, residents still adhere to health protocol and restriction when doing their activity, and are active to promote such rules, added Marbase.

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“There are a small number of people who still violate (ignore health protocol), but so far no residents have been exposed (with the Covid-19) in Kemtuk. We also continue to promote the health protocol door to door asking people what problems do they have during the pandemic,” he explained.

 

Furthermore, Marbase ensures that the application of health protocol and restriction of daytime activities do not affect the social and economic activities in the community. People are still enthusiastic in cultivating their lands.

 

“Some have harvested four times during the pandemic to sell to other residents as well as the local government in official events,” he said.

 

In the meantime, the Health Office Head of Jayapura Regency Khairul Lie said people’s awareness is required in addressing the Covid-19 pandemic. “The transmission of coronavirus does not discriminate. The only way to prevent the spreading of transmission is to apply the health protocol.” (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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