Jayapura Regency Government Launches Local Food Village

Jayapura Regency Government Launches Local Food Village

Jayapura Regency Government is now starting a food security program by utilizing local food starting from all villages in the Jayapura Regency area.

Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw in Sentani said on Monday the program was an effort by the regional government to prepare all potential villages for the village as a local food barn.

"The strength of our food security is in the village. We will tell the world that despite an epidemic, and everyone else is afraid by looking at economic conditions going forward, the market closes shop closed. But the village is not closed," said Regent Mathius Awoitauw.

Regent Mathius appreciates the Greatness of God who has given Papua fertile and beautiful land. For this reason, the villagers are invited to return to their villages and garden and do not need to travel outside the village.

Farmers are asked to garden and replant traditional Papuan foods such as syafu or gembili and other tubers.

"We want to tell that the economic power, the strength of food security is in the village," he said.

He hopes that the public will continue to think positively and not see the Covid-19 outbreak as a bad thing and be the end of everything. People are asked to remain optimistic and see this problem as God's plan.

"This disease, God invites us to stay at home and live in the village. That means we must do something to answer this problem. Let's return to the village, re-arrange the family, return to the garden," he said.

Coinciding with the Prime, Syafu or Gembili harvest event on Wednesday (6/5), Jayapura Regency Government has declared a movement to return to the village or back to the garden. Gardening is an identity and a return to the authenticity of the people of Papua with the strength that is in the village.

"So the tubers are replanted, we plant sago again, we plant areca nuts again," he said.

The efforts launched by the Jayapura Regency Government, he added, are not only for food security, but also able to have an economic impact on the community starting from the village level.

"Residents are expected to no longer depend on food from outside but must return to the village by utilizing local food which has become a characteristic and culture of the indigenous Papuan people," he said.

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