Bandarlampung (ANTARA News) - Japan was the biggest East Asian contributor to Lampung province`s foreign exchange earnings in 2007, a local trade and industry official said here on Monday.
In the January - December period in 2007, Lampung exported 2,390,786 tons of non-oil/non-gas commodities worth US$552.79 million to five countries in East Asia, the head of Lampung`s trade and industry office, Suparmo, said.
Of the total, Japan imported 1,444,836 tons and contributed the biggest amount, namely US$269.23 million, to Lampung`s foreign exchange earnings.
Japan was followed by South Korea which imported 589,314 tons worth 71.36 million dollars and Taiwan which imported 103,591 tons valued at 46.25 million dollars.
In the meantime, Lampung also imported pedigree cows worth US$116.5 million from Australia in 2007 in an effort to increase its cow population.
Suparmo said with US$116.5 million the province imported young cows altogether weighing 67,737 tons, mainly from Australia.
In December alone, he said, Lampung imported 3,281 tons of cows worth US$6.47 million, he said.
He said, in Lampung the pedigree cows were categorized as auxiliary goods along with 59 other import commodities.
In 2007, Lampung imported a total of 761,591 tons of auxiliary goods worth US$305 million. They included young cows, crabs, cattle feed, peanuts, phosphate, plastic cups, gunny sacks, herbicides and sulfur.
Suparmo said that the importation of the pedigree cows was intended to support the development of Lampung`s cattle industry and to meet the growing demand for meat of consumers in Sumatra and Java.
To this end, the local government of Lampung would purchase productive female cows from other provinces while banning the exit of local productive female cows to other provinces.
"Lampung sends some 200,000 head of cows every year to other provinces and will continue to increase the quantity of its cow population in an effort to meet national need," Suparmo said.(*)