Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, in a barbecue session at the livestock and cattle industry exhibition in Gading Serpong, Banten, Wednesday (06/04). (Australian Embassy Photo/Timothy)

Australia Hopes to Strengthen Livestock Partnerships

BY :EKO PRASETYO

APRIL 07, 2016

Jakarta. Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, on Wednesday (06/04) reiterated the hope to enhance and strengthen partnerships in various livestock sectors with Indonesia, as well as the application of annual permit and quota to export Australian cattle.

“A year long quota [permit] gives the industry in Australia a little more opportunity to plan. So, that should help overtime with price stability, that will be a benefit for the Indonesian market,” Grigson told the Jakarta Globe in a cattle industry exhibition in Gading Serpong, Banten.

Indonesian government had issued permit to import 200,000 Australian cattle during the first trimester of 2016, with Australian cattle farmers calling for similar numbers for the second trimester.

However, the government is yet to issue the quota for the second trimester — from May to August — despite the rising demands of beef prior to Eid al-Fitr celebration in July.

Feedlot industry, cattle breeding and skill developments

Aside from the regular quotas, the Indonesian Agriculture Ministry is also aiming to import 50,000 heads of Australian breeder cattle this year, as part of the partnerships established by Indonesia and Australia to create the "Australia-Indonesia beef industry."

Grigson said other forms of partnerships include the feedlot industry and skill developments, as Australia has been providing cattle to be fattened, adding that at least 40 feedlot employments opportunities are created for every 1,000 cattle arriving in the archipelago.

Grigson suggested the Indonesian government develop a decent market and create a balance between demand-and-offer, in order to maintain price stability and create more employment opportunities.

“Live cattle import, fattening and processing is already a big job creator for Indonesians and if exports are possible, more jobs will be created in the future,” said Grigson.

Chairman of Australian Livestock Export Corporation, or LiveCorp, David Galvin also mentioned that Australia has been providing technical expertise and skills to develop Indonesian livestock industries.

“Australian exporters are more than happy to assist in the technical side of the breeders,” said Galvin, adding the main issue is to ensure the success of breeding cattle in Indonesia to reach its production target on both live cattle and beef.

Indonesian livestock producers have been cooperating with Australian cattle industry to improve their yields and processing abilities since 2011, through various Livestock Export Programs established by the Australian Meat and Livestock Association in cooperation with Australian Embassy in Jakarta.

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