Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Department of Agriculture Bioterrorism Watch

Indonesia Department of Agriculture (MOA) be wary of bioterrorism in the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) ASEAN-China. Bioterrorism assessed against domestic food producers because the resulting danger is expected to reduce the national food production up 40%.

This was revealed by Minister of Agriculture Suswono after attending a media event host organism destruction Pengganggu Plant Quarantine (OPTK) and the Pest Animal Disease Quarantine (HPHK) at the Central Agricultural Quarantine (BBKP) Soekarno-Hatta, Wednesday (30/12). "Terrorism as it can reduce our production to 40%," he said.

Suswono see that terrorism is not only emerged from the war physically, but also through economic warfare to destroy food products nationally. It also has seen indications of that.

This threat is indicated by the number of examination requests filed by importers of food products to BBPK. "Since last month, every day there could be 200, even more, the request examination," said Head of the Soekarno-Hatta BBKP Susilo.

Suswono further said that there are many seed plants, such as rice and corn seeds come from Thailand, China, and India, which has a disease that can not be controlled. "If you can not control will be very dangerous if you go to our farm and this must be destroyed," he added. (* / OL-03)

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