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    Facing the Dry Season, Ministry of Agriculture Prepares Tens of Thousands Water Pumps

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    BANDUNG-Ministry of Agriculture (Kementan) of Republic Indonesia is preparing tens of thousands of water pumps in anticipation of a long dry season predicted to occur until the year 2022.

    Minister of Agriculture, Andi Amran Sulaiman admitted optimistic, the government is able to deal with this dry season. Because, before facing a long dry season, the government managed to overcome the El Nino interference.

    Amran claimed El Nino's handling was the toughest problem in history,

    "We have prepared tens of thousands of water pumps in facing this long drought, Alhamdulillah we have successfully faced El Nino," he told reporters in Bandung, Tuesday (08/08/2017).

    With regard to the transfer of protected forest land located in Pasir Jambu area of Bandung Regency which is used as agricultural land, Minister of Agriculture admitted that until now has not received any report about it.

    "I'll check it, and discuss it in Kementan environment," he said.

    Asked about the increase in the price of chicken meat which reached Rp 45 thousand per kilogram, especially in Bogor, Makassar and Jambi regencies, Amran also answered will check back the price condition and coordinated with the Ministry of Commerce.

    "The stock and the production of chicken needs are abundant, if there is price increase, we will coordinate with the Ministry of Trade," he concluded. (MAT)

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