Beef consumption in Indonesia will double as the middle class continues to grow and the government encourages people to eat more meat. Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Nadjib Riphat Kesoema estimates there are 60 million middle class Indonesians with a growing appetite for protein. He said the number is expected to reach 150 million in 20 years. “Now the consumption of beef is about 2.3 kg/capita. The government is determined to double or triple it in 10-20 years’ time. With the cooperation of Australia, I believe it will happen,” he said.
AI cases in 4 sub-districts of Sukabumi District impacted in the decrease of broiler meat sales. Broiler meat sellers said that consumers substitute their chicken meat consumption to fish and beef, and the price of broiler meat has also decreased from IDR35,000/kg to IDR28,000/kg. On the other hand, none of this happened in Cisaat Market, and the price is maintained at IDR32,000/kg. Head of Sukabumi Livestock Services Office said that supply of broiler meat is not affected since AI only happen in backyard which chickens are (legally) not vaccinated, unlike chickens in the commercial farms. Sukabumi’s sub-districts that affected are Tegalbuleud, Sagaranten, Cikidang, Kabandungan (4), out of 43 sub-districts of Sukabumi Districts.
On the other occasion, Head of LSO of the Municipality of Cirebon mentioned that they train 30 AI cadres annually to teach community to avoid AI, become AI first responders, and AI vaccinator. He said that the result of this activity is no AI incidence found in the Municipality of Cirebon since the last one back in 2008.