Indonesia May Import Cattle from Brazil, India

AUSTRALIA - The West Australian Liberal senator Chris Back has told Federal Parliament Indonesia is preparing to import live cattle from Brazil and India.
calendar icon 22 August 2012
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According to ABC Rural, Senator Back says the Federal Government's decision to temporarily suspend live exports last year has had a lasting and damaging impact on the cattle industry in Northern Australia.

He says the Indonesian Government wants to import live cattle from other countries.

"Is the Minister aware of reports that Indonesian government ministers have stated they now intend to import beef and buffalo meat from so-called 'foot and mouth disease free zones' in infected countries such as Brazil, and from India, whose herds are endemic for foot and mouth disease?"

The Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig has dismissed the concerns as a Coalition scare campaign.

"The Australian live export trade right across between Australia and Indonesia and other markets continues to support jobs families and communities right across regional Australia."

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