Where's the Beef?: Jokowi's High Hopes for Indonesia's Beef Industry

BY :EKO PRASETYO

JUNE 21, 2016

Jakarta. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has high hopes for the future of cattle farming in Indonesia, considering it a vital element in Indonesia's drive toward food independence.

Jokowi's comment came during his visit to the Karya Anugerah Rumpin cattle farm in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday (21/06).

“This is cattle farming at its finest, they're in it for the long haul. We hope they can contribute to our ‘beef independence’ drive,” Jokowi said, as quoted in an official statement.

The President said it might take up to ten years to raise good-quality cattle, starting from selection to their eventual slaughter.

“At the moment, we still have to import beef to avoid our good cattle from being slaughtered too early,” Jokowi said.

RRP for beef

Jokowi said the government thinks the ideal price for beef in Indonesia should be around Rp 80,000 ($6) a kilo.

“In other countries, beef costs around Rp 55,000 to Rp 60,000 per kilo. We should be able to match that,” Jokowi said.

The government has been trying to persuade beef suppliers to reduce the price of beef in the market. Currently, ten state-owned and private beef suppliers have been able to push their price down to Rp 70,000 to Rp 80,000 per kilo.

At the farm, Jokowi also witnessed the signing of an agreement between the Forestry Ministry and the Research and Technology Ministry on research and development of innovative practices in the agricultural sector.

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