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    Chili Plant Infected By Bacteria Threats Food Sovereignty

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    BANDUNG-harmful bacteria that infected the pepper plant seeds planted by Chinese citizens in Bogor, can threaten food sovereignty. Hence, the harmful bacteria can spread and cause disease in other plants. It thus disclosed Food Sector Commission Member of Parliament Herman, in a release received jabarprov.go.id, Thursday night (15/12).

    The plants are infected with the bacteria, said Hermanto will then be greatly reduced productivity. This is a very serious threat and could lead to a food crisis in Indonesia.

    Earlier, the Center for Agricultural Quarantine Standard Test declare chili seeds planted by Chinese citizens in Bogor, was positively infected by harmful bacteria Erwinia Chrysantemi types, ie quarantine plant pests (quarantine pest) class A1 1. According to the test results, the bacteria of this type has never existed in Indonesia and can not be given any treatment of the plants indicated.

    "Harmful bacteria must be destroyed without a trace. Otherwise, Indonesia is an agricultural country can become very dependent on imported food, "he said.

    Commission IV of the House of Representatives, on the performance of the Center for Agricultural Quarantine Standard Test give appreciation because it can detect the entry of harmful bacteria into Indonesia.

    However it should be, external seeds should not be planted in the country first before confirmed safe. Therefore, for the foreseeable future Quarantine to be tightened and strengthened.

    "There should be more seed or seedling abroad planted in the country before it is confirmed safe," he said.

    Commission IV of the House of Representatives, said Hermanto also urged that the government to immediately take action against Chinese citizens who plant chilli seeds infected with vicious bacteria.

    "This is bad precedent should be a signal for the government to be aware of agricultural land ownership by foreigners," he concluded. (NR)

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