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Jakarta to subsidize meat to ‘improve child nutrition’

  • Callistasia Anggun Wijaya
    Callistasia Anggun Wijaya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 21, 2016   /  10:52 am
Jakarta to subsidize meat to ‘improve child nutrition’ Improving nutrition -- Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama talks to journalists in an interview. Ahok said the administration would organize cheap meat bazaars for Jakarta Smart Card (KJP) holders and low-income families to improve children's nutrition. (Tempo/Aditia Noviansyah)

The Jakarta administration is set to organize bazaars for the sale of subsidized beef and chicken in a policy aimed primarily at improving children's nutrition.

At the bazaars, scheduled to be held from June 27 to July 1, Jakartans can buy beef at Rp 39,000 ( US$2.94 ) per kilogram, while chicken will be sold at Rp 15,000 per kg, far cheaper than the market prices.

"The governor [Basuki ‘Ahok’ Tjahaja Purnama] has told us to prioritize the selling of the meat for elementary students who hold Jakarta Smart Cards (KJP) to improve their nutrition," Jakarta Fisheries, Agriculture and Food Security Agency head Darjamuni said at City Hall on Monday.

Darjamuni said there are 531,000 KJP holders in Jakarta, while the agency only had 157 tons of beef and chicken.

Earlier, Ahok said cheap meat bazaars would be conducted at low-cost apartments and would be provided for KJP holders and low-income families. Concerning the available meet supply, he said the administration would prioritize elementary students at the bazaars.

The bazaars will be held at several public schools in the city. As much as 102 tons of subsidized beef and 55 tons of chicken have been prepared for the bazaars. The Jakarta administration reportedly has budgeted Rp 7 billion to subsidize meat at the bazaars.

Darjamuni said the purchase of beef would be conducted cashless. One family could only buy 1 kilogram of beef or chicken at the bazaars. (ebf)

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