Monday, 21 July, 2008 | 18:27 WIB
TEMPO Interactive, Gorontalo:“At the moment, Indonesia imports 400.000 cattle and beef equivalent to 200.000 cattle. We still need an additional 600.000 cattle for the program,” said Vice-President Jusuf Kalla, following the launching of integrated and self-sufficient villages, Bongo II & III in Gorontalo, last week.
To avoid imports, Kalla said, Indonesia requires one million cattle to meet demands for beef in the next four or five years. The first step will be to distribute 300 yearlings to farmers. “This is important in our efforts to develop self-sufficiency,” said Kalla.
The state-owned Bank Rakyat Indonesia and PT Bukopin have been asked to provide funds for the project. “The cattle will be raised in fertile farmland where they will feed cheaply,” Kalla added.
The farmers will be provided with incentives in the form of low-interest credit. “We are still working on the technicalities,” said Kalla.
Gorontalo governor, Fadel Muhammad, said the government is offering four cattle for each farmer who can raise four cattle successfully. “We are allocating Rp 10 billion, since the farmers have given their guarantees,” he concluded.