INDONESIA - Following a series of farm visits to Australia, Indonesian Ambassador, Nadjib Riphat Kesoema has declared interest in acquiring a cattle station in north-west Queensland.
He was joined by Federal Member for Kennedy, Bob Katter State MP for Mount Isa Rob Katter, and local graziers, reports ABC Rural.
The men toured the Gulf region of Queensland, visiting several Cattle Stations and the Karumba Live Export Facility.
From his day the Indonesian Ambassador concluded that the purchase of a property, with a view to establishing a joint venture would be very beneficial to improving relations between the two countries.
Grazier Barry Hughes says this would help rebuild trust and improve Indonesia's cattle industry.
"He did mention that if Indonesia was able to purchase a cattle property to further the training of young Indonesians in regard to animal husbandry practices and basic cattlemanship, it would certainly go a long way to helping those guys run the cattle enterprises that they've got in Indonesia, so they're part and parcel of the discussions that will be ongoing."
Mr Hughes says Ambassador Nadjib also indicated he'd like to see an increase in the weight range of cattle exported to Indonesia.
"They are looking seriously now at wanting to increase that 350-kilo weight ceiling to include a heavier weight animal that is closer to slaughter weight, to try and alleviate some of the pressures associated with Ramadan."
Rob Katter says the visit was positive and helped Ambassador Nadjib understand the benefits of a cattle trade between Indonesia and Australia.
He believes Australian producers can expect a decision soon on whether Indonesia will introduce a fresh cattle quota for the remainder of the year.
"Ambassador Nadjib was going directly back to report to his president, then the Prime Minister is going over to Indonesia this week or next week .
"There was no commitment on the quota, but they were very positive towards it, and I think if Ramadan's starting next week they're very keen to action things as fast as they can."
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