I think it is important to develop cooperation in the food sector to improve the quality of (Indonesian) human resources.
KENDAL, CJava (ANTARA) – The provincial government of Central Java held the mass egg consumption movement in Kebumen village, Kendal district, Central Java province on Sunday as one of attempts to ease inhibitions in the region.
The event was held in partnership with the National Food Agency (BPN), National Population and Family Planning Agency (BKKBN), State Logistics Agency (Bulog), Kendal District Government and the Kendal Prosperous Poultry Farmer Cooperative.
It continued with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BPN and BKKBN to work together on synergies to achieve food and nutrition security through family, population and family planning development.
In addition, 1,000 food packages were symbolically handed over to families with disabled children.
Central Java Deputy Governor Taj Yasin Maimoen said that in order to reduce the stunting rate, the participation of all parties, including teenagers and students, is deemed necessary to manage the problem from upstream to downstream sectors.
“We used to go to schools and colleges too. For those[students]who suffered from anemia, we asked them to take iron supplements,” he said.
BPN head Arief Prasetyo Adi, meanwhile, noted that eating eggs could help prevent stunting because the food contained different types of nutrients needed by pregnant women, nursing mothers and young children.
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“The activity demonstrates a joint commitment by central government, regional governments, food SOEs (state-owned enterprises), breeder associations and the private sector to promote the importance of egg consumption to the community and efforts to accelerate the reduction of stunting to support. he remarked.
Currently, his page focuses on developing an integrated food ecosystem from upstream to downstream sectors to alleviate food insecurity in different regions, eliminate stunting, and diversify food.
“One of the most readily available and relatively inexpensive sources of animal protein is eggs. The nutritional content of eggs is complete, both in terms of macronutrients and micronutrients. However, our egg consumption per capita only reached 7.5 kilograms per year,” he explained.
The BPN chief noted that Indonesia’s egg consumption per capita ranks 15th in the world compared to other countries.
“Therefore, egg consumption must be increased, among other things through this movement,” he emphasized.
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BKKBN head Hasto Wardoyo assessed that the mass egg-eating movement is an important impetus to accelerate the reduction in stunting rate, especially since Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin had also recommended that children aged six months to two years eat one egg per should eat every day to prevent growth retardation.
“Together we strive to increase the consumption of eggs as a protein source to prevent growth retardation. I think it is important to develop cooperation in the food sector to improve the quality of (Indonesian) human resources,” he added.
According to the Indonesian Nutritional Status Survey (SSGI), conducted by the Ministry of Health, the prevalence rate of stunting in Indonesia was 24.4 percent in 2021, exceeding the 20 percent standard set by the WHO. Thus, Indonesia is included as a country with high stunting problems.
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