Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA) - Bali farmers have so far received Rp2.73 billion in compensation from the Agriculture Ministry for cows that were conditionally slaughtered due to foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), the province’s regional secretary, Dewa Made Indra, has informed.

"Compensation, partly, has been given. For Buleleng District and Badung District, it (the compensation) has been disbursed," he said after attending the plenary session of the Bali Regional People's Representative Council (DPRD) here on Monday.

Farmers have received 10 million in compensation for each cow slaughtered due to FMD infection.

Indra, who also serves as the head of Bali's FMD Handling Task Force, said that so far, farmers in Buleleng and Badung Districts have been compensated for 273 infected cows.

Of the 273 cows, 245 were from Buleleng District, and 28 from Badung District.

Meanwhile, other districts have completed their administration and have now been verified, he said.

He informed that overall, 553 FMD-infected cows have been conditionally slaughtered.

"The rest (those that have not been compensated) are still in the process because the administrative completeness is not the same," he added.

He affirmed that no more FMD cases have been detected in the province. Nevertheless, animal markets in Bali are still being prohibited from opening as the province is still waiting for the achievement of herd immunity among farm animals.

According to him, the coverage of the first vaccination has reached 24 percent in Bali, and the provincial government is cooperating with the relevant stakeholders to boost the vaccination coverage. Currently, the province has entered the second phase of vaccination.

In addition, he informed that at present, cows from Bali are still prohibited from being sold or sent outside the province, and the policy is still being deliberated by the central government.

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