Indonesian Ambassador says 10-20 per cent of all cattle imported will go into breeding programs
The Indonesian Ambassador to Australia has confirmed that live cattle exporters need to include a certain number of breeding cattle in shipments.
That will also apply to shipments of live cattle from other countries.
Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema said the move was as much about building self-sufficiency as it was to bring down local beef prices, which he described as ‘crazy’.
“The price of beef is crazily sky high in Indonesia,” he said.
“We’re trying to get that price down and one way of doing it is to increase the Indonesian herd.
“That’s why we have imposed a program where exporters need to include a certain a number of breeder cattle.”
Ambassador Kesoema said both the Australian and the Indonesian trade ministers had met in Sydney last week to work out how the system would work.
“We want exporters to supply not only beef cattle, but suitable breeding stock as well.
“It will be a two-tiered system, one where 10 per cent of the live cattle would be for breeding, another where 20 per cent would be for breeding.
“The regulation would stay in place until 2018 when we look again at what type of regulations we need to keep in place to ensure a growing national herd.”
There has been unrest amongst some northern cattle producers at the many rapid changes that can take place with the trade.
And it has been reported in the Jakarta Globe that local feedlotters are not pleased about the deal, saying they lack the space to keep cattle for a breeding program.
Ambassador Kesoema said he was aware that suitable systems had to be established for breeding, including pastured areas and trained farmers.
“We have to train our people, our farmers how to take care of the breeders in Indonesia.
“We already have a program where we’ve sent 1,000 breeders to the Island of Kalimantan, as well as other places in order to fulfil our plans for 2,600 head.