Processors Fear Closure If Imports Don't Increase14 April 2011
INDONESIA - Indonesian processors say they will have to close if more beef is not brought into the country.
Imports of boxed meat and live cattle have been slashed since the Indonesian Government announced a plan early last year for beef self-sufficiency by 2014, reports ABC Rural.
But Indonesian Importers Association chairman Thomas Sembiring says the government has grossly overestimated the domestic cattle population and forgotten to account for tourists and expatriates in setting this target.
He says there's not enough beef to feed the nation.
"They're so convinced about their self sufficiency programme, but it's, in my opinion, not so easy to reach self-sufficiency because of the increase in demand."
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