Govt to allocate Rp 8 billion
for Merapi’s snakefruit

The government says it will spend Rp 8 billion (US$896,000) to buy snakefruit farms damaged by Mount Merapi’s ongoing eruption .

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) would funnel the funds to farmers, BNPB secretary Fatchul Hadi said after a Cabinet meeting at the Vice Presidential Office on disaster relief.

“We will treat each case differently…The BNPB will pay for them all to ensure quickness. About Rp 8 billion has been allocated” Fatchul told a press conference after the meeting, he told reporters after the meeting.

Indroyono Soesilo, a secretary from the Office of the Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, said saving snakefruit farms, one of the main sources of income for those living near Mt. Merapi, was part of the BNPB’s programs to rebuild the welfare of the people in the wake of the eruption.

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