Indonesia will still promote poultry meat
The Indonesian government plans to continue promoting poultry meat,
in spite of the threat of bird flu in the region.
The head of the avian influenza control unit at the
Agriculture Ministry, Darminto, said that promoting chicken helps the government
meet its goal of improving citizens' nutrition.
"Chickens and ducks
as well as their eggs are the cheapest available sources here compared to other
protein sources like meat," he said. According to Darminto, Indonesians' protein
consumption had increased from 5.2 grams per day to 6 grams per day by eating
Darminto said that his office did not intend to promote
substitutes to chicken farming. "We have compelling reasons not to do what the
Vietnamese government did," he said. Vietnam decided to temporarily close down
chicken farming and urged its farmers to turn to pig cultivation
Meanwhile, Indonesian authorities have attributed the deaths
of five members of one extended family to H5N1 avian influenza, and three
surviving relatives are also suspected of having the virus.
Indonesia now has the second highest AI death toll
after Vietnam. The virus is present in 27 of the 33 provinces
in the archipelago.
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