A Self-Sufficiency of Rice in Yapen without Annihilating Local Food

goodmorningpapua.com – A Yapen Islands Regent Tonny Tesar planted rice seeds with the Toraja community in Serui. The rice seeds were planted in Kosiwo District, Yapen Islands Regency, Saturday 19 February 2022.

“This land was originally empty. Now, it is functioned for rice fields. I appreciate this breakthrough,” said Tony Tesar.

The rice seeds are planted on land owned by Roy Palunga, a member of the Yapen DPRD. “Yapen Regency can also be self-sufficient in food. We support this breakthrough,” said the regent.

Meanwhile, Roy Palungan explained that planting rice in an area of ​​1 hectare has produced a yield of 2.5 tons in a period of 4 months.

“We are still having problems with the rice drying machine. Currently, the dryer is borrowed from a resident. We hope that self-sufficiency in rice can be fulfilled in Yapen. We make sure that this self-sufficiency does not eliminate local food traditions in Yapen, namely sago and tubers,” he said.

The planting of rice seeds was also attended by the deputy regent, the acting regional secretary, members of the Yapen DPRD and local residents.

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