West Papua Govt asks people to anticipate 2023 food crisis

West Papua
Acting Governor of West Papua, Paulus Waterpauw. - (ANTARA/Rachmat Julaini)

Manokwari, Jubi – The West Papua Provincial Government asked the entire community to anticipate a food crisis in 2023 as had been warned by President Joko Widodo and the Minister of Home Affairs.

Acting Governor of West Papua Paulus Waterpauw said that the world crisis, especially on food, could be faced by optimizing land and yards to grow food crops.

“The land is a gift from God. Don’t sell it. Better make the most of it to face the multidimensional crisis that may occur this year. The president has reminded that continuously too,” said Paulus Waterpauw in Manokwari on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

He said people in West Papua must be alert to face all possible crises especially food due to the war between Ukraine and Russia.

Paulus said, if the crisis continues, there is a possibility that food exports can no longer be carried out so that people need to prepare land planted with crops that can be consumed and harvested in a short time.

The West Papua Provincial Government is preparing regulations to encourage people to utilize idle land.

Paulus said his party had been strengthening millennial groups so that they can continue to work through a number of assistance that had been provided in 2022.

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In 2023, the West Papua Provincial Government scheduled alignment programs through activities to increase people’s purchasing power in the face of inflation. (*)

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