The Jakarta Post
The government is considering to import buffalo meat from India to meet the rising demand for meat during Ramadhan and Idul Fitri.
“Maybe, we need to import between 10,000 to 20,000 tons [of more buffalo meat],” said National Logistics Agency (Bulog) president director Djarot Kusumayakti after a coordination meeting on food issues at the Economic Coordinating Ministry in Jakarta on Tuesday as reported by kompas.com.
The country’s supply of buffalo meat currently stands at 39,000 tons.
Meanwhile, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said the government would allow the import of up to 100,000 tons of buffalo meat from India this year.
Buffalo imports give Indonesian a cheaper alternative for meat. The ceiling price for frozen buffalo meat is Rp 60,000 (US$ 4.52) per kilogram, while fresh buffalo meat is priced at Rp 100,000 per kg. (bbn)