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President Jokowi announces cabinet lineup President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) accompanied by Vice President Jusuf Kalla announced his cabinet lineup consisting of 34 ministers or the so-called "Work Cabinet" for 2014-2019 period at the Merdeka Palace on Sunday as follows.

Posted in Politics @ 26 October 2014 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto`s daughter inaugurated as MP Former president Soehartos daughter Siti Hediati Haryadi or Titi Soeharto was among the new members of parliament to be inaugurated for the 2014-2019 term here on Wednesday. Titi Soeharto, a member of the Golkar Party, was elected as a House of Representatives (DPR) member in the legislative elections held on April 9.

Posted in Politics @ 01 October 2014 20:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Governor: 'New oil reserve discovered in Riau' Governor of Riau Province Annas Maamun revealed on Monday that a new oil reserve, presumably the biggest in Riau, was found in Rokan Hilir District by PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI).

Posted in Economy @ 18 August 2014 15:30 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Prabowo: 'Agriculture more important than economic concerns' The issue of agriculture is a more important concern than simple economics, because it has a strategic role in the life of the nation, according to Indonesian Farmers Association Chairman Prabowo Subianto.

Posted in Economy @ 01 March 2014 16:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nineteen volcanoes in Indonesia on alert level As many as 19 out of 127 volcanoes in Indonesia have shown increasing volcanic activities and their statuses have been raised from normal to alert level II (Waspada).

Posted in Volcanoes @ 03 February 2014 17:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree on island construction project The governments of Indonesia and the Netherlands have reached an agreement on the five islands construction project near the Tanjung Perak Port, Surabaya (East Java), for building the proposed industrial area.

Posted in Infrastructure @ 12 December 2013 16:09 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia, Netherlands agree to improve bilateral relations Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte agreed here on Wednesday to increase cooperation and improve bilateral relations between the two countries.

Posted in Politics @ 20 November 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Sinabung erupts three times Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, erupted three times on Wednesday morning, hurling volcanic ash into the sky. Head of Data Center of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a short text message that the first eruption took place at 2:40 am belching volcanic ash some 2,000 meters into the air.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 20 November 2013 15:04 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


All flights must avoid route on Mount Sinabung The Ministry of Transportation has urged all flights to avoid routes on Mount Sinabung which erupted on Sunday in Karo District, North Sumatra.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 18 November 2013 16:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President: 'Indonesia must achieve food self-sufficiency' President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he hoped Indonesia would achieve self-sufficiency in the production of food in the near future with the support of all involved parties.

Posted in Elections @ 31 October 2013 21:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Aceh shrouded in smoke after peatland fire West Aceh District of Aceh Province is shrouded in smoke after peatlands in the region caught fire due to illegal land clearing by burning. Head of Emergency Department of West Aceh Regional Disaster Mitigation Agency Dedek Risman said in Meulaboh on Monday that the agency does not have sufficient tools to extinguish the fire.

Posted in Forest fires @ 23 September 2013 17:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Lebaran remittances estimated to reach Rp15 trillion Indonesia`s Manpower Minister Muhaimin Iskandar estimated remittances from migrant workers during the current fasting month and ahead of the post-fasting holiday of Lebaran this year could reach Rp15 trillion.

Posted in Economy @ 26 July 2013 23:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Trial of Luthfi to decide fate of Minister Suswono in graft case The fate of Agriculture Minister Suswono in the beef import scandal will depend on information to surface in the trial of suspects Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq, former president of the Prosperous and Justice Party and his aide Ahmad Fathanah, Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Abraham Samad said.

Posted in Corruption @ 24 June 2013 21:03 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


52% of irrigation networks damaged Agriculture Minister Suswono said nearly 52 percent of the country`s irrigation networks is damaged, affecting national rice production. "Besides the climate change, a shortfall in farm production is also caused by damaged irrigation networks," he said here on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 08 June 2013 20:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Land conversion must be controlled: Minister Land conversion must be controlled in order to reduce the area of critical land, Environmental Affairs Minister Balthasar Kambuaya said here on Friday. "If land conversion is not controlled, natural disaster such as floods and landslides will continue to happen," Kambuaya said after opening Familiarization Toward Green Indonesia 2013.

Posted in General @ 26 April 2013 13:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Almost four million Indonesians live on palm oil About 3.7 million people in Indonesia live on oil palm plantations, a senior agriculture ministry said. Speaking to a seminar at Santika Hotel here on Friday, Secretary of the Directorate General of Agriculture Mukti Sardjono said that oil palm played an important role in providing income for the people.

Posted in Economy @ 30 March 2013 18:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Suswono meets antigraft body`s summons Agriculture Minister Suswono met the summons of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to be grilled as a witness in a beef import scandal on Thursday. "KPK invited me for questioning as a witness for four suspects in the beef import scandal," the minister said when he arrived at the KPK building at 10 am on Thursday.

Posted in Corruption @ 14 March 2013 13:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister Suswono questioned as witness at KPK Agriculture Minister Suswono came to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) here on Monday following a summons from the agency for questioning as a witness over a corruption case.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 21:11 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


AGO names three suspects in hybrid seed graft case The Attorney General`s Office confirmed on Friday it has named three suspects in an alleged graft case related to the procurement of hybrid seeds at the Agriculture Ministry between 2008 and 2012.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 February 2013 00:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta customs foil attempt to smuggle beef  from Australia The Customs office in cooperation with the Quarantine Agency of the agriculture ministry has foiled an attempt to smuggle into the country 1.4 tons of beef from Australia via Jakarta`s Tanjung Priok port.

Posted in General @ 05 February 2013 18:59 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Party chief detained over alleged involvement in bribery case Indonesia`s anti-graft body KPK detained Prosperous Justice Party chief Luthfi Hasan Ishaaq on Thursday in connection with his alleged role in a bribery case. "He is held at the KPK detention center in the Military Police station in Guntur for the next 20 days," KPK spokesman Johan Budi said.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2013 22:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK arrests three suspects in high profile bribery case The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has arrested three suspects involved in an alleged high profile bribery case implicating a political party chief.

Posted in Corruption @ 31 January 2013 14:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Batam coastal areas to be developed into coconut plantation The government plans to develop Batam municipality`s coastal areas into a coconut and cassava production center to meet local and national demands, an official said.

Posted in Economy @ 14 January 2013 00:58 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Leptospirosis threatens Yogyakarta this rainy season Yogyakarta`s Health Department has informed the residents that leptospirosis can spread in the city during the rainy season. "In 2011, many people were affected by leptospirosis. We have sent an official letter, warning the residents of Yogyakarta about this disease," said Tuty Setyowati, Head of Yogyakarta's Health Department, on Friday.

Posted in Health @ 28 December 2012 17:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Nuclear technology has long been developed in Indonesia Nuclear technology has long been developed in Indonesia but the public still focuses on its potential negative impact, according to National Nuclear Energy Agency (Batan) researcher Haryanto.

Posted in General @ 17 December 2012 15:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Rabies cases growing in Bengkulu Bengkulu recorded growing number of cases of rabies, the city agriculture and animal husbandry office said. So far this year, 10 people were bitten by dogs and cats positively infected with the disease, Head of the Bengkulu Farm and Animal Husbandry Office Arif Gunadi said here Friday.

Posted in Health @ 14 December 2012 12:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Regional heads urged to protect rice fields Indonesia`s district heads have been called to protect rice fields to support national rice production.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2012 18:46 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt developing programmes to tackle drought The government has planned to develop and implement programmes in order to minimise the impact of drought on the nation`s agricultural land, according to Agriculture Minister Suwono.

Posted in General @ 05 September 2012 23:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President Yudhoyono to visit Mongolia President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to make an official visit to Mongolia from September 5 to 7, an official said on Tuesday.

Posted in Politics @ 04 September 2012 22:35 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Deputy minister ready to be reported to police Deputy Minister for Law and Human Rights Affairs Denny Indrayana said he was ready if he was reported to police about his recent statement on corrupt lawyers in the Twitter social network.

Posted in Politics @ 26 August 2012 21:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


West Java Governor inspects attendance of civil servants West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan made an impromptu inspection in several government offices here Thursday to check attendance of civil servants on the first working day following Idul Fitri holidays.

Posted in General @ 23 August 2012 14:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia guarantees food stocks, prices during Idul Fitri The government will guarantee the availability of food stocks, as well as ensure their prices remain reasonable during the post-fasting Idul Fitr festival, a minister said.

Posted in Ramadan @ 15 August 2012 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia`s fruit consumption below FAO`s standard The agriculture ministry said Indonesia`s consumption of fruits and vegetable is still below the standard set by the world`s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Posted in Health @ 10 August 2012 22:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali sees 19.89 percent increase in VoA Bali province enjoyed an increase of 19.89 percent in visa on arrival (VoA) from foreign tourists during the first quarter of 2012, and its tourism revenue reached US$14.4 million, from US$14.3 million during the same period last year.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 July 2012 10:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Belarus to open embassy in Jakarta Belarus will soon open an embassy in Jakarta, according to visiting Belarus Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Martinov.

Posted in Politics @ 11 June 2012 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


First herbal community health center launched The first herbal community health center (Puskesmas) was launched in the Second Bogor Organic Fair (BOF) and the Indonesian Herbal Festival, here, Sunday.

Posted in Health @ 10 June 2012 09:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two IPB security personnel shot dead in Bogor Two security personnel of the Bogor-based Agriculture Institute (IPB) identified as Supriatna (44) and Suhardi (46) were shot dead several minutes before the Friday prayer service at Al-Hurriyah mosque at the IPB campus, the Institute`s spokesman said.

Posted in Crime @ 25 May 2012 13:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grows 6.3 pct in Q1 Indonesia`s economy has grown 6.3 percent year-on-year (YOY) in the first quarter of this year, according to the National Statistics Agency (BPS). "Compared to the fourth quarter of 2011, in terms of GDP, it has grown 1.4 percent," BPS chief Suryamin said here on Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 07 May 2012 13:44 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Legislator: 'Govt to provide subsidy for farmers' The government will provide subsidy for farmers in compensation for fuel oil price hikes next April, a legislator said. "The government has now provided farmers with seeds and fertilizers," Herman Khaeron of the House of Representatives (DPR)`s Commission IV on agriculture, said here on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 19 March 2012 10:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: Kalimantan suitable for nuclear power plant Kalimantan is suitable for the development of nuclear energy as it is relatively free from the threat of earthquakes in comparison to Java, Research and Technology Minister Gusti Muhammad Hatta said Friday.

Posted in Power supply @ 28 January 2012 10:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Subsidized fertilizers to have color to prevent abuse Subsidized fertilizers will this year be given a pink color in an effort to prevent abuse, National Outstanding Farmers and Fishermen Association (KTNA) spokesman Winarno Thohir said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 January 2012 03:12 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi eruptions buried hundreds of springs Hundreds of springs in the Mount Merapi area have disappeared after being exposed to materials from the mountain`s recent eruptions and as a result , people there were now suffering water shortages, Sultan Hamengkubuwono X said.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 11 November 2011 09:27 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Fadel Muhammad promises to help develop Gorontalo Former marine resources and fisheries minister Fadel Muhammad who was once governor of Gorontalo province expressed his readiness to continue developing the region, especially in the fields of agriculture and fisheries.

Posted in Economy @ 05 November 2011 12:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Dry season to hold on for one more month The dry season is expected to extend its stay in western Indonesia until October, given the current low temperatures across the Java Sea, a scientist says.

Posted in Weather @ 15 September 2011 11:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


UN warns new strain of bird flu is spreading in Asia The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Monday urged heightened preparedness and surveillance against a possible 'major resurgence' of Avian Influenza amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly bird flu virus is spreading in Asia and elsewhere.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 29 August 2011 20:38 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Australia lifts ban on cattle trade with Indonesia Australian Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig on Wednesday announced that the ban on cattle trade with Indonesia was lifted and new requirements for exporters were set, Australia's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.

Posted in Economy @ 06 July 2011 19:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia finds new gas, oil, and coal reserves in Sumatra New gas, oil, and coal reserves were discovered in Indonesia's island of Sumatra, which could have significant impact in the region's development, officials said Monday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 June 2011 00:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aussie suspend cattle exports over slaughterhouse cruelty The Australian livestock export industry on Monday said it would be suspending the supply of live cattle to three Indonesian slaughterhouses, after a documentary broadcast on national TV showed extreme animal cruelty.

Posted in Crime @ 30 May 2011 23:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's investments up 27 percent in Q1 Indonesia's investment numbers rose by 27 percent during the year's first quarter, compared to 2010, government officials said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 25 May 2011 02:18 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Post-tsunami recovery at Mentawai islands to cost $133.4 million Indonesia's National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) on Monday announced that reconstruction efforts for the Mentawai islands, which was struck by a devastating tsunami on October 25, 2010 that cuased over 400 deaths, will cost around 1.16 trillion rupiahs ($133.4 million).

Posted in Earthquake @ 05 April 2011 00:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt prepares 2 million ha of land for food security The government has prepared two million hectares of land to bolster the nation’s food security progam in the face of extreme weather and skyrocketing food prices. Agriculture Minister Suswono said on Saturday that the land would located be outside Java Island, in Merauke, Papua.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2011 14:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


UN: Aceh makes great strides after tsunami but faces challenges The Indonesian province of Aceh has made remarkable progress in rebuilding since the devastating tsunami six years ago but faces major challenges in cutting poverty and inequality and reducing the impact of future disasters, a United Nations (UN)-backed report said Wednesday.

Posted in Earthquake @ 30 December 2010 06:07 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Mount Merapi replanting movement launched People living on the slopes of Mount Merapi are being encouraged to replant as part of a government campaign to restore land badly damaged by recent eruptions. The campaign officially kicked off on Tuesday with Agriculture Minister Suswono planting banana trees in Batur village, Sleman, in Yogyakarta.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 26 December 2010 04:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pakistan and Indonesia could sign trade agreement in early 2011 The Governments of Pakistan and Indonesia are likely to sign a preferential trade agreement (PTA) in the first quarter of 2011, officials said on Thursday.

Posted in Economy @ 23 December 2010 19:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


More than 2,000 orangutans inhabit Kutai National Park At least 2,000 orangutans (Pongo pygmaeus) have been found to be inhabiting Kutai National Park in East Kutai, East Kalimantan, the forests of which were thought to have been too damaged.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2010 03:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agriculture expansion plan under fire The Indonesian government's plan to develop a food estate in Papua has come in for heavy criticism for potentially marginalizing small farmers and threatening the environment. The government hopes the 1.6 million hectare Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate in Merauke District will turn Indonesia into one of the world's biggest food producers.

Posted in Environment @ 01 April 2010 16:04 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia wants to be large producer of crops Following Brazil's trail, Indonesia is encouraging foreign and local investors to lease huge swathes of fertile countryside and help make the country a major food producer. "Feed Indonesia, then feed the world," was the recent call from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono after the government announced plans to fast-track development of vast agricultural estates in remote areas like Papua and Borneo.

Posted in Economy @ 22 February 2010 04:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Banyuwangi starts culling dogs from Bali The ministry of Agriculture in the region of Banyuwangi, East Java, is to cull some 40 dogs that were discovered after they were transported from the island of Bali. The animals are currently in quarantine in Ketapang. They are culled to prevent rabies from spreading to the region after all of Bali is now officially a rabies-zone.

Posted in Health @ 20 November 2009 09:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Government to clean 11 rivers The central government has announced plans to restore some 11 heavily poluted rivers as part of the governments actions on climate change. A spokesperson for the Department of Environment said that the program would be one of the highest priorities of the newly installed government.

Posted in Environment @ 15 November 2009 08:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


2nd United Indonesia Cabinet unveiled President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has announced his second United Indonesia Cabinet last evening. There are 34 ministers, most of them are politicians from his coalition parties. Six ministers were from his own Democratic Party, including the important minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2009 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Riau governor asks to pray for rain Forest fires are once more disturbing the normal way of life for many people in Riau province on the island of Sumatra. Forest fires, lit by people to clear land for agriculture or by people who want to hide that they actually stole wood from the forest, are causing a dense haze over the area which even reaches as far as peninsular Malaysia.

Posted in Forest fires @ 09 August 2009 04:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans beef import from New Zealand Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world, has banned imports of all beef from New Zealand and some of beef from Australia which does not meet religious certification, Indonesian Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono said Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to plant 100 million trees this year Indonesia, which has been losing forests at a rapid pace in recent years, plans to plant 100 million trees across the country this year in an effort to limit deforestation, a forestry official said on Wednesday. Indonesia has lost an estimated 70 percent of its original frontier forest, but it still has a total forest area of more than 91 million hectares, with a host of exotic plants and animals waiting to be discovered.

Posted in Environment @ 21 November 2008 11:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The southern edge of Yogya: Rice farmer becomes onion farmer In the soaring heat of the countryside just north of the southern beaches near Yogyakarta I was driving towards the east on a small countryside road. This road is the only way out for the area directly west of the Opak River which causes the area to be fairly quiet until today. There are no main roads here, no buses and trucks but palm trees, open rice fields, parked bicycles and a strait black asphalt road which seems to disintegrate into water in the remote distance because of the scorching hot sun.

Posted in Travel @ 20 April 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia likely to cut rice imports The Indonesian government has said that it is unlikely to import rice from other countries this year because of a sufficient stock after nationwide harvests. This reduces the pressure on the tight global supplies in times of record-breaking rice prices. Prices of Thai rice - a benchmark for the market - have doubled since the start of this year mainly because of rising demand from China and African nations. Vietnam and India have already decided to curb exports to protect their own markets.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2008 12:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace: Peatland forest destruction continues in Indonesia Peatland forests in Indonesia are continuously destructed by palm oil industry, although the government has stopped issuing new permits for new plantations at peatland ecosystem, a Greenpeace campaigner said here Monday. Hapsoro, Greenpeace campaigner for Southeast Asia, said that the Greenpeace team has found a new plantation opened without permits on peatland forest in Indonesia's Riau province at Sumatra Island.

Posted in Environment @ 07 April 2008 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising food prices raise security concerns in Indonesia The soaring cost of rice and other basic food in Asia has raised security concerns across many Asian countries. In Indonesia, the high cost of staple foods is hurting the poor and raising fears of social unrest.

Posted in Economy @ 20 March 2008 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia also scraps import duty on soybeans The Indonesian government has removed the ten percent import tax on soybean effective from today and is studying more measures to deal with the rising price of the commodity in global markets, an official said Monday. The tax could be re-imposed if the price of soybean falls, said Bayu Krisnamurti, Deputy Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs.

Posted in Economy @ 22 January 2008 06:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy expands 6.5 percent The economy of Indonesia expanded at a faster pace than earlier expected with 6.5 percent growth in the third quarter compared to the same period last year. This is the strongest growth in the country since the Asian financial crisis, now ten years ago. Production in agriculture was the biggest contributor to this growth, followed by business investments, growing exports and higher consumer spending.

Posted in Economy @ 16 November 2007 14:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'No more rainforest clearing for palm oil' Indonesian Minister for Environment Rachmat Witoelar said Indonesia will not allow palm oil producers to clear primary forests for establishing plantations, reports Bloomberg. "Expansion of palm oil plantations will not be allowed to sacrifice natural forests," Witoelar said in an interview yesterday. "They will be planted in lots that are already empty. There are plenty of these, 18 million hectares of them."

Posted in Environment @ 06 June 2007 06:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Malaysia, Indonesia agree to jointly defend palm oil industry Indonesia and Malaysia have agreed to make joint publicity efforts in defense of the palm oil industry in both countries. This comes in reaction to Western criticism. Activists in the United States and Europe have launched a massive anti-palm oil campaign, mentioning Indonesia and Malaysia as destroyers of the natural habitats of the orang-utan when opening palm oil estates. This was told by Malaysian Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Peter Chin Fah Kui.

Posted in Economy @ 26 May 2007 13:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia will plant 2 billion trees in 2007 Indonesia is to rehabilitate 59.2 million hectares of damaged forests throughout the country, according to Malam Sambat Kaban, Indonesia's Forestry Minister. The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) reports that the country has set aside 330 million euro for 2007 to finance the planting of 2 billion seedlings on 2 million hectares of land along 318 rivers in all provinces in the country.

Posted in Environment @ 08 May 2007 02:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesa is worlds number three greenhouse gas producer Indonesia is only behind the United States and China in greenhouse gas emissions. A study showed released by the World Bank and the British government last Friday. It's high rank is primarily due to its high deforestation rate - about 85 percent (2,563 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent results from forest fires and clearing. Remaining emissions from energy, agriculture and waste only reach 451 million tonnes.

Posted in Environment @ 27 March 2007 01:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Rehabilitation of Soeharto's peatland project The government plans to rehabilitate a large peatland in Central Kalimantan which was converted to an agricultural area during the reign of former president Soearto. This project has caused widespread damage to the environment, as was told by an official. "We have approval, in principle, from the president to rehabilitate the 'One Million Hectare Peatland' but we still are awaiting the necessary presidential decree to start," told Central Kalimantan governor Agustin Teras Narang.

Posted in Environment @ 12 March 2007 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


West-Java farmers struggle to survive Farmers living outside Indonesia's flood-hit capital said Monday they were struggling to survive after hundreds of square miles of land were inundated, destroying rice and other recently planted crops. With waters receding, many returned to their washed-out fields Monday to survey the damage.

Posted in Flooding @ 12 February 2007 11:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia withholds vital bird flu data Indonesia, the country worst hit by the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, has stopped sharing human genetic samples of the highly pathogenic illness with foreign laboratories, raising fears it could slow international efforts to prepare for a pandemic. Officials say Indonesia stopped providing samples internationally last month, hindering efforts to confirm whether the virus killing its citizens is H5N1 and limiting production of vaccines to help prevent its spread.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 February 2007 00:47 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


UN: Bird flu endemic in Indonesia Avian influenza is now endemic in Indonesia because of past delays in dealing with H5N1 bird flu, with the virus now well established and a major concern in SouthEast Asia, says an Australian veterinary scientist. But Laurence Gleeson, a regional manager with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other UN officials, were positive over steps taken to control bird flu in SouthEast Asia when speaking to reporters today.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 24 January 2007 09:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu claims 62nd human life in West Java Bird flu has killed a woman in Indonesia, the 62nd death from the virus in the country with the highest human fatality rate, a health ministry official said on Saturday. The 19-year-old woman from West Java died on Friday, Dr. Muhammad Nadirin at the ministry's bird flu centre, told Reuters. "She was sick since Jan. 11, got a high temperature and cough and then entered Garut hospital on Jan. 17," he said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 January 2007 09:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WWF: Illegal coffee growing risks Sumatra tigers Illegal coffee bean growing in an Indonesian wildlife park could wipe out already endangered local tigers, elephants and rhinos within 10 years, the WWF conservation group warned on Wednesday. The coffee growers are clearing vegetation in Bukit Barisan Selatan park, a World Heritage Site on the southern tip of Sumatra Island, to make room for the crop which brings much needed export revenue to the impoverished region.

Posted in Environment @ 17 January 2007 07:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Shares predicted to continue strong gains in 2007 Jakarta's main stock index is set for further heady gains this year, supported by improving economic conditions, firm commodity prices and subdued inflation which should give corporate earnings a boost, encouraging fresh capital into the sharemarket, analysts said. They are picking a gain of between 16-43 pct, after last year's 55 pct surge, which saw the composite index repeatedly setting new records to finish 2006 at an all-time high of 1,805.522 points.

Posted in Economy @ 09 January 2007 03:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 8 reactions


Indonesia to grab 60,000 jobs in South Korea Indonesia has a great opportunity to grab around 60,000 jobs offered by the South Korean government in the sectors of industry, manucfacturing, construction, agriculture, fishery and stock breeding. The placement of workers in South Korea is currently not done by Indonesian labour recruitment agencies, but directly by the manpower and transmigration ministries of the two countries as stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 29, 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia targets sugar and cotton sectors Indonesia is planning to invest in the sugar and cotton sector in the Coast Province, Indonesia’s ambassador to Kenya, Mr Djismun Kasri, said on Sunday. Kasri said his country has been importing sugar and cotton products from European countries, but it would source the commodities cheaper if Indonesia invested in the two sectors locally. The ambassador spoke yesterday when he paid a courtesy call on the acting Mombasa mayor, Mr Ali Shekue.

Posted in Economy @ 04 December 2006 02:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu-hit Indonesia to ban city backyard poultry Indonesia, which has the world's highest number of bird flu deaths, intends to bar city residents from keeping chickens and other poultry in their backyards, ministers said on Friday. Indonesia has become a frontline in the battle against the virus that has killed 55 people in the country, where millions of chickens roam freely in urban residential areas.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 October 2006 04:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia plans massive land reforms The Indonesian government plans to launch a massive land reform campaign that will be completed before 2009, a newspaper reported Saturday. The government expects to distribute between three million and four million hectares of land to landless farmers throughout the country as part the national campaign.

Posted in General @ 14 October 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu found in pigs in Bali The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected pigs on the Indonesian resort island of Bali, a senior agriculture ministry official said on Monday. "There were two pigs that were infected by bird flu in Bali. These were old cases that happened last July," Musni Suatmodjo, agriculture ministry director of animal health, told Reuters.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 October 2006 03:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


China, Indonesia intensify economic cooperation China and Indonesia agreed in Bali yesterday to intensify bilateral economic, trade and technical cooperation, especially in investment field. The agreement was reached at the 8th meeting of the Joint Commission on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation.

Posted in Economy @ 07 October 2006 06:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's bird flu variant shows no major changes The bird flu virus that's killed one person a week in Indonesia this year hasn't mutated to become more contagious to people, the country's agriculture ministry said, citing an analysis of virus samples. Tests on 49 samples taken from birds on the islands of Sumatra, Java and Bali showed the H5N1 avian influenza virus has undergone no major changes, the ministry said in a statement today. The analysis was undertaken by a World Organization for Animal Health reference laboratory in Geelong, Australia.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 October 2006 04:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to produce millions of tamiflu to combat bird flu Indonesia will produce 5 million tablets of tamiflu this year and conduct a massive vaccination of poultry to combat avian influenza, senior officials said here Tuesday. Two local companies, the Kimia Farma and the Indo Farma have registered to take part in the production, said Director General of Pharmacy Services of the Indonesian Health Ministry Richard Panjaitan.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 06 September 2006 04:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to vaccinate 300 million poultry The Indonesian government will press ahead with plans to vaccinate some 300 million poultry from the bird flu virus despite fears by some health officials that vaccines are not effective, a local report said Tuesday. The plan will be done in stages with 60 million doses being prepared for vaccinations beginning this month and running through December, The Jakarta Post reported.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 05 September 2006 07:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to raise funds for fighting bird flu Indonesia will raise budget to combat avian influenza in the country, where 46 out of 60 contracted people have died, a senior official of the World Bank said on Wednesday. Andrew Steer, World Bank's top official for Indonesia, made the remarks after meeting with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla at the vice presidential office. Steer said Kalla told him that Indonesia would return the possibly-declined budget of 45 million U.S. dollars in 2007 to about 54 million U.S. dollars.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:21 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five in Sulawesi tested for bird flu Five people have been admitted to hospital on Indonesia's Sulawesi island with bird flu-like symptoms and local authorities have sought funds from the government to help cull poultry, officials said on Wednesday. Samples from the patients in Palu, the capital of Central Sulawesi province, have been sent to a government laboratory in Jakarta to be tested for bird flu, said Runizar Ruesin, head of the ministry's bird flu information centre. No further details about the five people were available.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 31 August 2006 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Wet markets must be cleaned up to fight bird flu Cleaning up Indonesia's popular wet markets and shifting live birds to separate sanitary locations is a crucial first step in the nation's fight against the deadly bird flu virus, an expert said. Indonesia became the nation worst affected by the H5N1 virus this week, with 44 confirmed human deaths, putting its efforts to combat bird flu under the international spotlight.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 10 August 2006 13:22 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bird flu toll hits 41 Indonesian authorities have confirmed that a child who died last week was the country's 41st victim of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus. The three-year-old girl died in a Jakarta hospital on 6 July. Officials said an overseas laboratory had confirmed the presence of the virus. This means the country's human bird flu toll now stands only one behind hardest-hit Vietnam.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 14 July 2006 14:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta calls in bird flu experts amid criticism An international team of experts will this week conduct an urgent study of measures to reduce bird flu in Indonesia, as the country's human death toll continues to rise. Indonesia and Vietnam have the highest number of cases of the deadly H5N1 virus – accounting for 81 of the 123 confirmed human deaths from the virus since 2003 – and the archipelago is soon expected to account for more human cases than anywhere in the world.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 19 June 2006 09:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia probably first to report human-spread bird flu The first instances of human-to-human bird flu transmission probably occurred in Indonesia, according to a minister of the archipelago nation. Aburizal Bakrie, coordinating minister for people's welfare, said yesterday that the seven cluster cases of H5N1 positive reported last month included the first cases of human-to-human transmission. The minister was speaking at a meeting to announce a nationwide campaign to prevent an outbreak and prepare for a pandemic.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 11 June 2006 10:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia begins immunizations in earthquake zone Hundreds of women cradling babies and holding the hands of children lined up Wednesday as Indonesia kicked off a massive campaign to immunize more than 1.5 million people against disease following last month's deadly earthquake. “We are racing against time,” said Gandung Hermanto, head of the surveillance division at the health department in Bantul, the district hardest hit by the May 27 quake that turned ramshackle homes into piles of bricks and rubble in less than a minute.

Posted in Earthquake @ 07 June 2006 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird flu in Indonesia, one death every 2.5 days in May Indonesia averaged one human bird flu death every 2 1/2 days in May, putting it on pace to soon surpass Vietnam as the world's hardest-hit country. The latest death, announced Wednesday, was a 15-year-old boy whose preliminary tests were positive for the H5N1 virus. It comes as international health officials express growing frustration that they must fight Indonesia's stifling bureaucracy as well as the disease.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 01 June 2006 07:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO reports 2 Bird Flu deaths Two young boys died of bird flu in Indonesia - one from a family that has already lost four members to the disease, the World Health Organization said Friday. In Rome, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization warned that the state of emergency surrounding the spread of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in poultry and other animals will last for years.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 20 May 2006 10:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


WHO confirms 5 more Bird Flu fatalities The World Health Organization has confirmed that five more Indonesians have died of bird flu, bringing the country's death toll from the disease to 30. Officials from the U.N. agency and the Indonesian health ministry say four of the victims were members of the same family and were infected at a family gathering in North Sumatra province. The fifth fatality was a woman in the city of Surabaya on Java island.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 17 May 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bird Flu infects Papua province as virus moves east Bird flu was found in fowl in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, evidence the lethal virus is moving closer to the South Pacific and Australia. The H5N1 strain of avian influenza earlier this month reached the province that borders Papua New Guinea, Laurence Gleeson, an official with the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, told reporters yesterday in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta. The H5N1 virus has reappeared in Laos and may spread to Bangladesh, Gleeson said.

Posted in Bird Flu @ 16 May 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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