TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Ministry of Agriculture targets the birth rate of cattle to reach 3 million in 2017 through the Special Efforts for Breeder Cattle Mandatory Pregnancy program (Upsus Siwab).
The Agriculture Minister Amran Sulaiman in Jakarta, Monday, October 10, 2016, said that the total population of breeder cattle and calves currently across Indonesia is as much as 14-15 million with 4-5 million of them being breeder cows.
“In order to increase the amount of breeder cattle population, the government will hand out Artificial Insemination free of charge for 4 million cattle, with the hopes of realizing the target of 3 million cattle born,” Amran said.
Amran says that from the 4 million cattle that receive the artificial insemination, it hoped that it would create 3 million newborns. Cattle being given the insemination program wouldn’t be all successful, the breeder cows that don’t get pregnant will later on be beef cattle.
“So, every breeder cattle across Indonesia is required to be pregnant. If it’s not pregnant then it’ll be cut for meat” He said.
Meanwhile, the result of the meeting between Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman and Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita agreed on the new cattle import regulation for private importers and also cooperatives in relation to breeder cattle and calves.
The result of the meeting was that the imported cow regulation for private importers must fulfill 1:5 provision of Calves and breeder cattle.
“It means that for every 5 calves there must be 1 breeder type,” Amran said.