Thu, 10 Mar 2011

By Matt Brown, Jakarta

Indonesia is planning to cut imports of Australian cattle by around 200,000 head this year.

Indonesia's Vice Minister for Agriculture Bayu Krisnamurti, says his government wants to cut imports of Australian cattle to 500,000 and 50,000 tonnes of boxed chilled beef.

Our basic policy is that importation is to fulfil the gap between the demands of the indonesian market and ourt own production capacity.

While it's tried these restrictions in the past and achieved only marginal cuts Indonesia's aiming for beef self sufficiency by 2014.

Australia's Agriculture minister, Joe Ludwig has been in Jakarta to discuss market access but was unable to say if he expects any change to the restrictions.