Meat Prices Expected to Lower Next Year after Indonesia-Brazil Import Agreement

Tak Berkategori, Jakarta – The Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan visited Brazil to discuss several partnerships, including the cooperation in the development of farming and meat procurement in Indonesia. Minister Luhut said Indonesia has agreed to import cattle from Brazil.

“[Indonesia] agreed to import not only beef but also live cattle such as bulls and calves,” Luhut wrote on his official Instagram account on Wednesday, August 16, 2023.

Luhut predicted meat prices in Indonesia to lower under Rp100,000 per kilogram by March 2024. He said that the cattle will be raised domestically to boost Indonesia’s farming quality. 

In addition to Brazil, Indonesia also imports meat from Australia and India, which also supplies buffalo for Indonesia.

Live cattle import, Luhut mentioned, is an effort carried out by the government to realize Indonesia’s goal of meat self-sufficiency for the next several years.

The minister admitted that developing domestic meat farming quality is challenging, from the regulation system to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) disease.

“However, if we stick to our initial intention to realize the best food and nutrition quality for Indonesian citizens, we could overcome the challenges,” he said.

Indonesia also intends to bolster its forestry partnership with Brazil. Luhut believed the cooperation will have a significant contribution to tackling climate change. 

Previously, President Jokowi met Brazil’s president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Hiroshima, Japan, in May 2023. Luhut’s visit to Brazil was a follow-up measure to the bilateral meeting.


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