TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Sumbawa government in West Nusa Tenggara has one again started the program of breeding buffaloes by their community. In order to support the program, a laboratory worth Rp3 billion will be constructed, which is funded by the Regional Budget.
According Sumbawa regent, Jamaluddin Malik, they have cleared 20 hectares of land for the buffalo lab in Maronge village. “The lab construction will start in 2015,” the regent said on Saturday, September 27.
Buffaloes, he said, are livestock from Sumbawa. However, breeders have recently preferred to breed cows because they are considered more profitable. When in fact, he explained, the price of 300kg cow is merely Rp8 million, meanwhile it could reach up to Rp14 to 100 million for buffalos. “They only need six buffaloes for their hajj pilgrimage,” he uttered.
When approached by Tempo in Serading, Sumbawa, International Buffalo Federation Secretary General Prof. Antonio Borgheje said buffalo breeding in Sumbawa should commence soon, because its population in Indonesia may be less than one million. “Breeders in Indonesia have been thinking it the wrong way,” he added.