Jayapura (ANTARA) - The Social Affairs Ministry has pledged to provide training in producing animal feed to the residents of three villages in Muara Tami Subdistrict, Jayapura City, Papua Province, who have received chickens and pigs as livestock assistance.

The villages are Skouw Yambe, Skouw Sae, and Skouw Mabo.

The training will seek to enable the residents to produce their own animal feed so that they do not need to buy it from other parties, Minister of Social Affairs Tri Rismahani said while distributing the ministry's empowerment assistance in Jayapura on Wednesday.

"They must be self-sufficient in animal feed so they will no longer need to buy nor acquire it from other regions. This, in turn, will hopefully ensure the smooth running of livestock businesses," she added.

According to Rismaharini, the training program is expected to yield positive results, like the ministry's assistance of chicken eggs in Papua, which has contributed to the province's progress in achieving an 80 percent rate of self-sufficiency in chicken eggs.

"The province is only 20 percent away from achieving total self-sufficiency. If the assistance is well-managed, then we can expect a sound level of economic turnover in Papua," she said.

She also expressed the hope that the livestock assistance of chickens and pigs for the three villages will drive their residents to break away from poverty.

Meanwhile, a representative from the Indonesia Christian Church (GKI) of Papua, Hiskia Rollo, said the church is grateful to the government for the assistance and plan of providing livestock animal feed production training to the residents of the three villages.

"We have extended gratitude to Madam Minister for her decision to approve our request for the required tools and equipment for producing our own livestock feed. The request came in order to better supplement the ministry's livestock assistance," he said.

In that way, he added, it is expected that the residents will be able to produce their own animal feed to cater to the needs of their livestock. The residents could also sell the feed in the event of a surplus.

"Hopefully, the ministry's program will be properly implemented in the hopes of helping the residents to be economically independent," he said.

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