Minister Joyce welcomes increase in Indonesian cattle quota
30 September 2015
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, today welcomed the Indonesian Government’s decision to increase import permits for Australian cattle to 200,000 head for Quarter 4, 2015.
Minister Joyce said it was a positive outcome for both countries.
“Australia's live export trade with Indonesia is a valuable trade that contributes significantly not only to the economies of both nations but also to the wellbeing and livelihoods of people in both nations,” Minister Joyce said.
“A strong and secure trade in cattle between Australia and Indonesia underpins affordable food security and prices in Indonesia, and provides security for Australian cattle exporters.
“It is pleasing to see a return to the volume industry would have expected to trade in this quarter, and I welcome Indonesia’s intent to import more of our quality livestock.
“While this is a welcome announcement, the Australian Government will continue to work with the Indonesian Government toward a more sustainable system of permit delivery—for instance, an annual announcement of import volume and timely issuance of permits rather than the current quarterly system, would allow for more certainty for our producers and Indonesian importers in making business planning decisions.
“The Australian Government is strongly committed to the livestock export trade and will continue to support the industry while ensuring that our respectful and mutually beneficial bilateral trade relationship with Indonesia is maintained.”