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Jakarta Post

Poultry farmers go ahead with 'chicken giveaway' to tackle oversupply, low prices

  • Suherdjoko, Ganug Nugroho AdiĀ and Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang, Surakarta, Yogyakarta   /   Thu, June 27, 2019   /  02:41 pm
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A man smiles as he catches a live chicken during the "chicken giveaway" protest movement on Wednesday at Yogyakarta City Hall. Some people were reportedly injured in the rush to claim the free birds during the giveaway, which was held in several areas of the city.(JP/Bambang Muryanto)

Poultry farmers in Central Java and Yogyakarta have given away thousands of live chickens on Wednesday to protest oversupply, which has led to a steep drop in the retail price for poultry meat. The farmers were also protesting the gaping difference in the farm-level and retail prices. The farm-level price for 1 kilogram of chicken meat dropped to Rp 7,000 (49 US cents ) – less than half the normal price – while the commodity could fetch Rp 30,000 per kg at retail markets. In Central Java, poultry farmers protested in Semarang, Surakarta, Purworejo, Temanggung, and Pemalang. In Semarang alone, chicken farmers gave away 11,500 chickens at seven locations in the city.  Central Java Husbandry and Animal Health Agency head Lalu M. Syafriadi said that the chicken oversupply was partly caused by a high nu...