Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe
Indonesian Live Cattle Quota Rises
Victor P Taffa
The Northern Territory Government has today welcomed Indonesia’s decision to increase the live cattle import quota by 50,000.
Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Willem Westra van Holthe applauded the decision from Indonesia where he is currently on a bipartisan trade mission.
“The Country Liberals Government has been working hard to strengthen trade ties with Indonesia and ensure the Northern Territory cattle industry grows into the future.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
“Relationships and trust are an integral part of doing business in South-East Asia and I’m pleased to see Indonesia has decided to increase the live cattle export quota.”
“Today the Queensland Agriculture Minister Bill Byrne and I will hold important discussions with the Co-ordinating Minister for Economic Affairs and the Minister for Trade.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
“We are also travelling with an industry delegation including the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association and the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association.”
Together, we are promoting Northern Australia as the supplier of choice when it comes to clean, wholesome produce.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
The move follows increased beef prices in Indonesia after the live cattle quota to the country was significantly reduced last month.
Minister Westra van Holthe said the Country Liberals Government has worked hand in hand with industry to increase Northern Territory live cattle exports.
“We have kept the momentum going to ensure our live export trade continues to grow, bringing the industry back from the brink of despair following Labor’s catastrophic ban on live exports in 2011.” Minister Westra van Holthe said.
“Today, the live export trade is worth around $230 Million to the Territory’s economy annually and we envisage that will only increase in the future.”