PREMIUMBacterial infection, not power plant, caused turtle deaths: Officials

first_imgBengkulu Sepang-Bay-dead-turtles Sepang-Bay-power-plant power-plant coal-fired-power-plant bacterial-infection salmonella Linkedin Forgot Password ? LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics : Google Log in with your social account Bengkulu authorities have concluded that the deaths of 28 turtles in Sepang Bay Beach were caused by a bacterial infection, ruling out earlier suspicions they were killed by untreated waste released by a nearby coal-fired power plant.  The Bengkulu Natural Resource Conservation Center (BKSDA Bengkulu), along with the Bengkulu Environment and Forestry Agency and the provincial station of the Meteorology Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), announced the findings on Friday after conducting laboratory tests on the animals.“Any party unsatisfied with the government’s test results can challenge them scientifically, but don’t make conclusions unsupported by science,” said Yuliswani, a provincial administration assistant.Dead turtles have been found on the beach a number of times since April 2019. Some were caught in nets while others had plastic wa… Facebooklast_img read more

Lawmakers, farmers object to provision on food imports in omnibus bill on job creation

first_img“Don’t let the [articles] on food imports pass because our imports are still high. We import salt and sugar although we have plenty of land,” the NasDem party politician said on Tuesday.Rachmad said the House would be careful in deliberating the articles.”They are our farmers. We must support them no matter what,” he said.Read also: Staple food imports arriving in May to safeguard stocks, prices: Airlangga Topics : Idham Arsyad of the Indonesian Farmers and Fishermen Awakening Movement (Gerbang Tani) also echoed similar concerns, arguing that the bill could make Indonesia more dependent on food importers. Furthermore, fears had also grown among local farmers that they would not be able to compete with foreign commodities that are produced more efficiently and at cheaper costs.For example, the production cost of rice per kilogram in Indonesia is two and a half times higher than in Vietnam. Farmers could indeed lose out to imports, he said.“The bill exists when the country is struggling to break its dependency on imported agricultural products, especially the food sub-sector,” Idham said in a written statement.The group called on the House to stop the deliberation of the controversial bill, especially as people were now focused on dealing with the coronavirus outbreak and the global food crisis.“The state’s efforts to realize food sovereignty, independence and food security are destroyed by the bill. All article provisions relating to strengthening domestic food production are amended and replaced,” he added.Lawmaker Rieke Diah Pitaloka of the ruling Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) also questioned the provisions, saying the bill should not remove Article 15 of Law No. 19/2013 on the protection and empowerment of farmers, which mandates the government to prioritize domestic production in order to meet domestic needs.Agricultural commodity imports should only be carried out depending on the harvest season and/or domestic consumption needs.”The bill eliminates this obligation. Domestic production should be the priority,” she said.center_img Several lawmakers of the House of Representatives and a pro-domestic farmer group have voiced their opposition to the domestic food supply provisions in the disputed omnibus bill on job creation, arguing that it could weaken domestic farmers’ production and favor importers.In a meeting held by the House legislative body (Baleg) on Tuesday, some lawmakers expressed their objection during discussion on provisions that would relax food imports as one of the main sources of domestic food supplies. House deputy speaker Rachmad Gobel said the provisions were leaning toward trade liberalization in the food and agriculture sectors.The controversial bill proposes to revise some articles in the 2013 law on farmers’ protection and empowerment, which stipulates that local sources of food should be prioritized and that imports are only an alternative.last_img read more