“It first happened in 2015, then it reemerged in a row in 2019, 2020, 2021, and again in 2022,” Maikel told BBC Indonesia.
According to Maikel, the crop failure was triggered by a frost in the highlands of Lanny Jaya due to weather factors. It has a fatal impact because the community is highly dependent on the produce.
“That’s their only source of food. Changing weather pattern has affected the yield,” he explained.
The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Region V in Jayapura has been warning citizens there of the potential extreme weather events, such as frost, hail and strong winds.
Hendro Nugroho, the agency chief, advised the community to build a barn to store their crops so they can avert a food crisis during the dry season. (rr)