Malaysia Plans to Import Indonesian Cows

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Oloan Parlindungan, Head of the Artificial Insemination Vestibule (BIB) in Lembang for the Ministry of Agriculture, said that the state of Serawak, Malaysia, is interested in importing dairy cows from Indonesia. The request was conveyed during the visit by Serawak’s Chief Veterinarian to the BIB in Lembang, last February. "They have frequently visited us since 2013," Oloan said last Saturday.

    Oloan said that the government of Malaysia is interested because the cows are Australian dairy cow breeds. The imported cows have given birth to their offspring in Indonesia in which they have adapted to the environment. "If we import directly from Australia, not only does it cost more, but it is also uncertain whether they could adapt or not. If we purchase from Thailand, their environment is different than Malaysia's," he said.

    The export-import cooperation is yet to commence due to different regulations in both countries.

    Agriris, Promotion Division Staff for BIB Lembang, said that the request of import from Malaysia has increased this year. Recently, the demand of frozen dairy cow semen reached up to 2,000 doses. It does not affect the distribution for domestic farmers. "We have an abundant supply of up to 3.6 million doses," he said.

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