JAKARTA (REPUBLIKA.CO.ID) – It is to be hoped the Indonesian government can ensure the community’s consumption of local beef can be maintained. Too much imported beef cattle, whether feeders or frozen beef and buffalo meat, will kill local cattle farmers and abattoirs, according to livestock industry commentator and Dean of Gajah Mada University’s Faculty of Animal Sciences Prof. Dr. Ir. Ali Agus, DAA, DEA..
Ali Agus said the government can not be loose in setting the quotas for imported beef. The reason is if they’re too high, it’s not certain the meat can be absorbed by the community. The amount of imported meat that has a lower price can also kill incentives for local cattle which have prices that are far higher.