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Indonesia to allocate $7 million to develop muscular cattle

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In 2018, Indonesian Minister of Agriculture Amran Sulaiman will set budget allocation of IDR100 billion ($7 million) for the program of superior cattle seed.

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This year, IDR20 billion has been disbursed from the Revised 2017 State Budget.

"The seed embryo development program is worth IDR20 billion this year, next year may be IDR100 billion," said Amran, Sunday (9/3/2017).

The rise in the budget will be used to develop a type of muscular cow in addition to Ongole and Limousine cattle. The muscular cattle will have a weight between 1.5 tons to 2 tons each.

Looking at its characteristics, this type of cattle is known as the Belgian blue originating from Belgium.

"We buy seedlings from the budget of Revised State Budget. The price of one sperm is IDR15 million. We may next year need IDR100 billion specifically for superior seeds of muscular cows," he explained.

Superior cattle seed program is one of the government's steps to realize food self-sufficiency.

To date, the government has developed domestic Ongole and Limousine breeds up to 1.5 tons. The Ongole cow that weighs up to 1.5 tons has a selling price of up to IDR70 million each.

"This can be used as a sacrifice because it was born in our homeland, such as Ongole cow.

"Ongole cow is one of which was donated by Mr. President and Vice President weighing 1.5 tons and 1.3 tons. Price may be IDR70 million each," he concluded.

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