The Jakarta Post
The government plans to develop a cattle breeding center on the Nusakambangan prison island in Cilacap regency, Central Java, with the inmates to be employed in the husbandry business.
The program under a state and private firm collaboration scheme will begin in 2018 on a 20-hectare plot of land controlled by the state penitentiaries, said the Law and Human Rights Ministry’s director general of penitentiaries, I Wayan Dusak, on Monday.
“We’ll call for tenders to find partners. The tender call is being prepared now. I hope the program will start next year,” he said, without revealing the investment figure.
If the plan runs well, the center is expected to be jointly operated by selected inmates and staff members from the private firms and produce up to 14,000 head of cattle each year, he added.
“The number of the cattle bred will be up to how many firms are interested in investing,” he added.
The program is among the efforts being undertaken to reach beef self-sufficiency by 2021.
In 2013, the slaughter cattle population was only 12.3 million, still far from the 42 million animals required to make heifer imports unnecessary.
This year alone, the prisons on Nusakambangan received 30 heads of cattle as part of state lender BNI's corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts and 150 heads of cattle paid for by the 2017 state budget. (bbn)
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