Sumatran tigers breed well in South Bukit Barisan

Senin, 18 Februari 2013 | 09:45

World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Indonesia said that at least 80 Sumatran Tigers (Panthera tigris sumatrae) are breeding well in South Bukit Barisan National Park."Dozens of tigers live well in the forests of South Sumatra and Lampung," said Project Leader of WWF Indonesia Job Charles here on Sunday.

According to him, despite the fact that human activities have threatened the tigers` habitat, the breeding of this species pans out in Sumatra's national parks.

The success of the tiger breeding is thanks to the cooperation between nature lovers and the local community who help protect the habitat of the tigers.

New regulation issued on food and beverage franchise business

Jakarta (Antara News) - The government has issued a new regulation on franchise system in foods and beverage sector.

Under the regulation, the franchisor and franchisee are required to involve a third investor with capital participation of 30-40 percent in a new outlet.

The regulation is effective on new outlets to be opened by franchisor and franchisee already having 250 outlets.

In a new outlet worth less that Rp10 billion, the third party is to have at least a 40 percent stake and in a new one worth more than Rp10 billion the participation capital of the new investor is at least 30 percent.

Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan said the new ministerial regulation No. 07/M-DAG/PER/2/2013 is expected to boost small and medium enterprises in foods and beverage sector.

"We want to create a more conducive climate for franchise system in this sector and to encourage new and creative investors to be able to compete globally," Gita said here on Friday.

The regulation has been prompted by relatively fast growth of business in franchise system in the country , while many other people having no access to the business, he said.

Through business under franchise system the government hopes to promote more local products by requiring them to sell good with higher local content, he said.

Business under franchise system needs to be regulated as many franchise outlets sell goods not in line with their license, he said.

He cited a franchise outlet licensed to operate as a small restaurant but in practice it sells sundries.

"We will take firm action against violation of the regulation to create a healthy business condition under franchise system," he said. (*)

"The WWF along with other institutions and local communities are continuously preserving the habitat in order to promote the tiger's breeding and increase the population," said Charles.

The NGO activists, said Charles, conduct patrol in the habitat regularly.

According to the WWF, the population of tigers on Sumatra Island is around 200 heads. "The species will not extinct if the whole communities are actively helping preserve their habitats and let the tigers breed optimally," said Charles.

Previously, Sarah Christie, Zoological Society of London (ZSL)'s head of regional conservation said in a statement that a camera trap caught video of a mother tiger and her two cubs in a protected Sumatran forest, the first evidence of breeding in this location, conservationists say.

The footage was captured in Sumatra's Sembilang National Park. Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have documented evidence before of the endangered species in nearby Berbak National Park in Sembilang Conservation area, Jambi Province.

The video of these big cats shows the mother and her two youngsters walking past the camera. Scientists said they estimate the cubs are less than a year old. They live in their original habitat in mangrove forest, said Sarah.

"We will continue working with leaders of both national parks as well as the government to ensure the areas are better protected and well patrolled," she said.