Tuesday, 20 Augst 2019 | 03:20 WIB

Indonesia Gov‘t Mulls Importing Beef from Argentina

Indonesia Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman (special)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM -- The Indonesian government is considering Argentina's offer to export beef to Indonesia. Domestic production so far has been unable to meet local demand, while demand is very high.

Indonesia Minister of Agriculture Andi Amran Sulaiman claimed to be open with the offer from Argentina. He said Argentina has guaranteed that beef prices offered to Indonesia are very competitive.

"The beef is cheaper according to their calculations. We have no problems, and we are open to this, as we want countries that export to Indonesia, especially meat, to be competitive," Amran said in Jakarta.

Amran explained that the price of frozen beef offered by Argentina is US$ 3 per kg for medium quality. This price is still competitive with imported meat prices from Australia in the same range. Although Argentina has submitted a complete document for access to the beef market to Indonesia, Amran said that there are still differences in the status of outbreaks of animal diseases.

As per the publication of the World Animal Health Agency (OIE), Indonesia has been declared free of foot and mouth disease (FMD). While Argentina is still free from vaccination by zone.

According to him, Indonesia's step to open a new market for imported beef from Argentina is to suppress prices and there is no monopoly because it is fulfilled only from one market, namely Australia. Indonesia is currently only able to meet 67 percent of the meat demand from local cows, while the rest is still imported.

"We look first because the first important point is halal, free of mouth and foot disease, and price. They say the price is three dollars per kilogram the highest," Amran said.