TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The district of Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, said it needs additional stock of rice to forestall shortage with harvest failure in some areas of the district as a result of El Nino-triggered prolonged drought.
The eastern part of the country has been hit the hardest by the drought caused by the weather phenomenon over the past year.
"We have asked for supply from Jakarta. Hopefully we will receive the shipment soon," Regent Ayub Titu Eki said on Thursday.
Currently the district administration has only 11 tons of rice in stock, the district head said, adding it is feared the stock would not be enough to meet the requirement.
Most farmers in the district chose to grow vegetables, and groundnut, which are more resistant to drought.