Indonesia to allocate millions to import breeding cattle

With an aim for feeder beef cattle self-sufficiency, Indonesia this year plans to import 50,000 heads of breeder cows from Australia. Muladno, Director General of Livestock and Animal Health said the cows will be distributed to farmer groups in different regions in the country. “This project will require USD 98 million,” he told Asian Agribiz. Dr Muladno explained that livestock and veterinary experts, feedlotters and academics will be enlisted to ensure the success of the project. He added that the government is considering abolishing the import duty for breeder cows which is at 5% currently.


Cattle farmers oppose Indonesia’s zone based imports

Indonesian President Joko Widodo signed a Government Regulation (PP) on the Animal Husbandry and Animal Health earlier this month, allowing import of beef and cattle from zones within countries. Responding to this, local cattle farmers said this is inconsistent with the country’s effort to maintain its foot and mouth disease (FMD) free status. Ilham Akhmadi, owner of Bhumi Andhini Farm said: “If the government allows imports from India for instance, it will kill small and medium scale farmers.” Meanwhile, Kurnia Achjadi from Bogor Agricultural University said the government has to tighten import requirements from countries that are not yet free from FMD as this could harm the local industry.

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One million doses of Oseltamivir ready

Ministry of Health prepares 1 million doses of Oseltamivir in preparation against AI recent surge of cases. Up-to-date, no human case found yet, but last year Tangerang District has 2 bird flu suspects with 2 mortality. MoH’s target for this year is that there should be no suspect of bird flu, meaning that it has to increase effort in KIA through extension and education.

Source: Republika

AI impacted broiler meat sales in Sukabumi District

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.

Source: Republika

Jakarta to eliminate backyard poultry

Backyard poultry raising will banned in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta by 2017 as part of efforts to prevent avian influenza. The move follows an outbreak of avian influenza in South Jakarta. The virus is reportedly the H5N1 strain. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Jakarta Governor asked for backyard poultry farms and slaughterhouses to be relocated outside the city, but a lack of sufficient facilities has slowed down relocation efforts.

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Indonesia’s corn exports surge 580%

From 37,000 tonnes in 2014 to 252,000 tonnes in 2015

In the midst of corn scarcity in the country due to corn import limitations, Indonesia’s Minister of Agriculture, Andi Amran Sulaiman claimed the country’s corn exports last year surged by 581%. “In 2014 we exported 37,000 tonnes of corn, while last year we exported 252,000 tonnes with Gorontalo province as the largest contributor with 109,000 tonnes,” said Mr Sulaiman. He hopes farmers, especially in Gorontalo continue to develop corn as their main crop. To support this, the ministry has allocated around USD 724,000 for food crops development including corn in the province.

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AI hits poultry in West Java

Indonesia’s Animal Husbandry Agency in West Java recently reported 43 avian influenza (AI) outbreaks in the province from January to March 21. Doddy Firman Nugraha, Head of the agency said AI (H5N1) resulted in the death of 16,866 birds in nine regencies. “Of this, broiler and layers made up 13,528 birds, 2138 ducks and 1200 quails,” said Mr Nugraha. “We will strengthen the monitoring of poultry and distribution to and from Jakarta,” he added.

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