Makassar, South Sulawesi (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has donated one ton of cattle purchased from a farmer in Bone District, South Sulawesi, for the residents of Selayar Islands District during this year's Eid al-Adha.

South Sulawesi provincial Livestock Office Head Nurlina Saking stated that President Jokowi's limousine cattle, weighing 1,006 kilograms, would be slaughtered during the Qurbani ritual and distributed to residents.

"President Joko Widodo's cattle will be transported from Bone to Selayar on Thursday (July 7), and we will monitor the process until the cows reaches the destination," Saking stated here on Monday.

She expressed optimism that the process would be smooth despite the need to use land and sea routes for transportation to reach Selayar Islands.

"The Selayar Islands District authority will retrieve and transport (the cows) to their destination," she noted.

The office head remarked that the limousine cattle had been purchased at Rp77 million (US$5,159).

Saking then stated that regarding the breeding of limousine cattle in the province, the authority had implemented the programme through the people's farm concept in almost all districts.

Earlier, the provincial Livestock Office's member of the Livestock Nursery and Livestock Fodder Unit, Zet Pasino, said that the breeding of limousine and simmental cattle would be focused on five regions in the province.

Those regions are the districts of Takalar, Enrekang, Soppeng, Sinjai, and Bulukumba, he revealed.

He said that the decision was taken to focus on the five regions since they already have specialised staff for embryo transfer.

"We only receive the embryo from the Cipelang Embryo Livestock Office (in Bogor, West Java) for applications on the site. For now, we are focusing on the five regions," Pasino remarked.
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