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.

Re-post from: Asian Agribusiness