Indonesia move on live exports welcomed

AUSTRALIA has welcomed Indonesia's advice that it will make policy changes to import conditions for live cattle, providing more opportunities for Australian producers exporting to its largest and most valuable live export market.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 01 March 2017
  • 06:13
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Indonesia move on live exports welcomed

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Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce welcomed what he described as "the practical approach by Indonesia" aimed at achieving a more sustainable live cattle trade with Australia and more certain beef supply for Indonesian consumers.
 
Joyce said the changes would allow better business planning for Australian exporters, increase the range of cattle eligible for export and ultimately improve returns at the farm gate.
 
"In contrast to the Labor Party that infamously shut down this vital industry to both Australia and Indonesia, the Coalition government is working hard for farming families supplying cattle to Australia's live export trade," Joyce said.
 
"With industry by our side, we have consistently worked to strengthen relationships with our Indonesian counterparts to ensure a sustainable and more reliable live export trade by advocating for these changes over many years.
 
"Import permits have now been extended from four months to one year. This is great news for both our farmers and exporters as it brings greater stability to the trade and allows for longer term planning.
 
"With an increase in the weight limit from 350kg to 450kg for live feeder cattle, alongside an increase in the age limit, Australian farmers will have the ability to produce a greater range of cattle for the Indonesian market at competitive prices."
 

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