30 May 2013

Indonesia signals increase in beef imports

9:59 am on 30 May 2013

The Meat Industry Association says signals from Indonesia that it wants to boost imports of live cattle and processed beef is good news for both New Zealand and Australian farmers.

The association's chief executive, Tim Ritchie, says while it's too early to tell just how significant Indonesia's move will be, it's a step in the right direction.

He says the government stabilisation agency in Indonesia has been assessing whether sufficient beef is being imported.

Mr Ritchie says last week there was an announcement by the Minister of Agriculture in Indonesia that they were considering using this agency to look at some imports from Australia and New Zealand but there was no volume attached to that.

He says New Zealand's beef exports to Indonesia have fallen by 80% in the past two years.