Therefore, the district government has requested cargo airlines to transport the new stocks of basic necessities to anticipate an increased demand of staple food and other goods for the Christmas celebration, spokesman of the Jayawijaya District Government`s Workforce, Industry and Trade Office, Arisman Chaniago, said here on Sunday.
According to Chaniago, the food stocks in Wamena have so far been sufficient thanks to the district government`s good cooperation with suppliers and cargo airlines.
He, however, admitted that the local residents recently faced shortage of egg stocks because of the late arrival of eggs that traders in Surabaya, East Java, supplied.
In Wamena, the capital city of Jayawijaya District, a pack of eggs supplied by traders of Surabaya is sold at Rp75,000 while a pack of eggs supplied by local farmers is sold at Rp90,000.
With a population of around 48,000 people, Wamena, which is located in the central highlands of Papua Province, is famous for local and foreign tourists because of its annual event called Baliem Valley Festival.
Reporting by Marius Frisson Yewun
Editing by Rahmad Nasution, Bustanuddin