FMD: Breeders to get Rp10 mln compensation for each cow slaughtered

FMD: Breeders to get Rp10 mln compensation for each cow slaughtered

Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Airlangga Hartarto (June 23, 2022). ANTARA/Rangga Pandu Asmara Jingga

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto has announced that the government will provide cattle breeders Rp10 million in compensation for every cow that is slaughtered due to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

"Regarding the replacement, especially for animals that are destroyed or forcibly killed, the government has prepared compensation, especially for MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprise) breeders, amounting to Rp10 million per cow,” Hartarto said after attending an internal meeting on FMD handling, which was chaired by President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) at Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java, on Thursday.

During the meeting, it was agreed that the movement of livestock, especially cattle, from areas affected by FMD to other areas would be restricted, he informed.

"We see the sub-district level areas affected by foot-and-mouth disease as red areas. These red areas are in 1,765 of the country's total 4,614 sub-districts or 38 percent," he added.

During the meeting, it was also agreed that 29 million doses of the FMD vaccine would be procured this year using funds from the Committee for COVID-19 Handling and National Economic Recovery (KPCPEN).

Head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) and the FMD Handling Task Force, Suharyanto, said that he will soon start working with elements of the task force from the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Home Affairs, Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI), and National Police (Polri).

The FMD task force will adopt a handling mechanism that is similar to the one implemented for the COVID-19 pandemic, which is still ongoing, including by holding coordination meetings in the regions, especially in FMD red areas.

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