ASSISTANT Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, spent today in Bader Lampung, Indonesia, promoting Australia's world-class livestock export industry and gaining a valuable insight into the operations of the cattle industry in Indonesia.
"Indonesia is one of our most important trading partners and is our largest market for live cattle, with cattle exports to Indonesia valued at $578.4 million in 2015-16," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"The Australian live export industry is especially significant for many of our northern farmers and farming communities and we are committed to building and sustaining the important and mutually beneficial trade and investment relationships that we share with key international partners, like Indonesia.
Indonesia has recently advised of policy changes to import conditions for live cattle, including increasing the weight and age limit of live feeder cattle and extending the length of time that permits and recommendation letters are valid.
These changes provide further opportunities for Australian producers exporting to Indonesia by increasing the range of Australian cattle eligible for export and allowing better business planning for our exporters.
"Today I had a valuable opportunity to discuss the importance of this industry with key stakeholders, as well as gain an on-the-ground insight into how the industry operates in Indonesia," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"I toured the Juang Jaya Abdi Alam feedlot to see first-hand the management of Australian livestock, before touring other local live export facilities to see how our world-class cattle are processed and how the industry ensures strong compliance with our strict animal welfare conditions throughout the supply chain.
"The conversations I have had and the places and facilities that I have had the opportunity to visit gives me great confidence in the future of the livestock trade between Indonesia and Australia.
"It is a relationship that has a mutual commitment with a bright future and one that will continue to deliver significant benefits for both countries-in Australia for our farming families and communities, and in Indonesia's value-adding and feedlot industry as a safe, reliable source of livestock."
MONDAY 10.30AM: FEDERAL Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker departed for Indonesia's capital at the weekend.
The Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister will lead the Agribusiness stream at the Indonesia Australia Business Week in Jakarta.
Mr Hartsuyker said he looked forward to meeting agriculture stakeholders in Indonesia and continue to forge opportunities for Australian farmers to export produce, including blueberries and other horticultural products, to Indonesia.
"Indonesia is a powerhouse in South East Asia, with a population of 255 million people and a rapidly growing middle class. Australia's two way trade with Indonesia is worth more than $11 billion each year, with significant potential for growth," Mr Hartsuyker said.
"Through this trip, I want to further demonstrate Australia's priorities for strengthening two-way trade in agriculture and investment linkages with Indonesia.
"I have arranged for Australian blueberries to be featured on the menu at some of the IABW events to highlight the quality of our local produce."
Mr Hartsuyker will speak at a range of IABW events, including the Agrifood Supply Chain Business Forum, an Australian IABW Industry Delegation dinner and networking event with the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector - Skills Development Alumni.
During his visit to Indonesia, Mr Hartsuyker will showcase Australian produce such as grapes, blueberries, peaches, nectarines, plums and beef.
He will also tour Indonesia's largest flour mill, the Bogasari Mill, and the Juang Jaya Abdi Alam feedlot.
Mr Hartsuyker went to Indonesia as part of the Australian delegation at the IABW which was led by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steve Ciobo.