Thursday, 27 November, 2008 | 23:58 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: The global crisis has started affecting bird livestock. Out of 100,000 tons of chicken in South Sumatera, only 50 percent is absorbed in the market. It is predicted that half of 1,000 breeders belonging to the South Sumatera Breeders Association (AMPERA) will be bankrupt by early 2009.
AMPERA’s chairman Ismaidi said that at present the production cost has been higher than the selling price. The selling price of chicken and eggs is Rp9,000 while the production cost can reach Rp12,000 per animal. “Now the farmers cannot buy meat ,” said Ismaidi today.
The situation has worsened just before Idul Adha . People will not buy meat from a livestock dealer as people prefer to eat meat from the Idul Adha commemoration. “A farmer cannot sell eggs for five to six days. This is not good,” said Ismaidi.
He expected the council and regional government to be responsive in finding a solution to the problem. He suggested the government hold a campaign for people to eat chicken , especially when a person in South Sumatera only eats 48 kilograms of meat per year despite the crisis.