June 11, 2011


Indonesia seeks to import New Zealand cattle, US beef



The Indonesian government will amplify its live cattle imports from New Zealand and beef from the US should the local meat supply become scarce.


The move came following the ban of live cattle exports to Indonesia by Australia after the cattle cruelty issue in Indonesia's abattoirs, a deputy agriculture minister said here on Friday (Jun 10).


Deputy Agriculture Minister Bayu Krisnamurthi said that Indonesia has long time imported live cattle from New Zealand and beef from the US, and the biggest portion of the import is from Australia.


"We will boost beef supply from the US and live cattle from New Zealand," he said at the Health Ministry.


The Australian government on Tuesday night suspended all live cattle exports to Indonesia, in a move that could cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars.


The suspension came after ABC1's Four Corners last Monday released footage, which showed Australian cattle being tortured in Indonesian slaughterhouses.


The deputy minister said that Indonesia and Australia will jointly verify the accusation on the Indonesia abattoirs.


"Four Australia experts arrive today (Friday). They will start verifying the abattoirs on Monday along with their four Indonesian counterparts for ten days," said Bayu.


Indonesia is the biggest buyer of Australian live cattle, accounting for about 60% of the market.

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