Rp 770,000 for a chicken? House demands explanation from Agriculture Ministry

first_imgDuring Tuesday’s work meeting between the commission and Agriculture Ministry officials, Sudin questioned the ministry’s local poultry development program budget, which allocates Rp 26.98 billion (US$1.83 million) to procure 35,000 chickens.He said that allocation put the price of one chicken at around Rp770,000. “Is the budget for one chicken that big?” Sudin said.He said the allocation violated the implementation checklist for the ministry’s 2020 budget, which allocated Rp 551.4 billion to procure around 8.8 million chickens, which put the price at Rp62,000 a chicken.Sudin also questioned other procurement allocations for the program, such as the Rp 5.03 billion budget to procure 550 pigs, which puts the price of one pig at around Rp 9 million. He urged the ministry to reassess the budget allocation and present the correct data, a demand accepted by the ministry’s animal husbandry director general, I Ketut Diarmita. House of Representatives Commission IV, which oversees agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food production, has demanded an explanation from the Agriculture Ministry over its high budget allocation for chicken procurement this year.Commission IV chairman Sudin, a member of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), said the commission would hold a follow-up meeting with the Agriculture Ministry on Monday to discuss the matter. “[We will hold the meeting] so that this issue can be clarified,” he told The Jakarta Post on Saturday. Read also: Ministry encourages businesses to buy farmers’ chickens as prices fallOn Saturday, however, Ketut clarified that the Rp 26.2 billion budget also included Rp 3.69 billion for chicken production grants from the technical implementation unit in 2020 and Rp 20.98 billion for completing the remaining work contracts of its 2019 work program in Gorontalo and Southeast Sulawesi, making the chicken budget at Rp 2.02 billion.“The price is not Rp 26.96 billion divided by 35,000 chickens or Rp 770,000 per chicken, but the budget actually consists of several other components of activities included in the budgeting,” Ketut said in a written statement.Additionally, the chicken procurement budget would also include other poultry farm supplies, such as chicken food, medicine, cage repairment cost aid and operational funds.Ketut added that the high pig procurement budget was due to the higher cost of distributing the pig farm aid in the Papua region. The ministry estimated that the aid distribution in Papua would cost Rp 13.1 million compared to Rp 4.3 million in other regions, namely West Kalimantan and North Sulawesi.Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal team news: Mikel Arteta makes four changes as Aubameyang and Lacazette both start

first_imgArteta will hope for victory (Picture: Arsenal FC via Getty)Mikel Arteta has made four changes to his Arsenal side after their win over Sheffield United, starting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette against Norwich. Centre-back David Luiz passed a fitness test to start, with Bukayo Saka having to settle for a bench after celebrating his new deal. Hector Bellerin, Dani Ceballos, Aubameyang and Reiss Nelson have all come into the starting XI, with Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Joe Willock, Nicolas Pepe and Saka dropping out.Cedric Soares has returned to the match day squad but there is no room for Mesut Ozil.ADVERTISEMENTArsenal had endured a tough return to action with back-to-back defeats to Manchester City and Brighton but bounced back with a win over Southampton before booking their spot in the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating Sheffield United.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Gunners can close the gap on fourth-place Chelsea to eight points with victory over rock-bottom Norwich, although Frank Lampard’s side can extend the gap with a win over West Ham later on Wednesday. A win would see them jump up three places in the table to seventh. One of Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United will likely jump above them again, however, when they face off on Thursday. Norwich are in desperate need of three points. They are six points off safety, with the worst goal difference in the league.Who will win?Arsenal0%Norwich0%Draw0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement Arsenal team news: Mikel Arteta makes four changes as Aubameyang and Lacazette both start Commentcenter_img Arsenal vs Norwich team news Arsenal: Martinez, Bellerin, David Luiz, Mustafi, Kolasinac, Tierney, Ceballos, Xhaka, Aubameyang, Nelson, LacazetteNorwich: Krul, Aarons, Godfrey, Trybull, Lewis, Tettey, Mclean, Rupp, Buendia, Cantwell,Pukki Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 1 Jul 2020 5:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link233Shares Advertisementlast_img read more