Indonesia’s new President Joko Widodo told media last week he wants the nation to be self-sufficient in beef within five years. According to Meat & Livestock Australia, Australian live cattle exports to Indonesia from January to September increased 115% year-on-year, to 532,998 head. Beef was introduced into Indonesia’s self-sufficiency plan in 1999, with the first plan aiming to achieve self-sufficiency by 2005. Self-sufficiency is going to be difficult to achieve, as the vast majority of beef producers have only one or two head of cattle that is sold for slaughter when money is needed for special occasions.
(Source – http://www.blackseagrain.net/novosti/indonesia-renews-plans-for-beef-self-sufficiency)