We offer Indonesia as 'a new hope (place) for Dutch cattle', so Dutch dairy farmers can relocate their dairy cattle to Indonesia or invest in Indonesia.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Indonesian Industry Ministry explores cooperation and investment opportunities with the Dutch government and companies in the provision of dairy cows to spur the development of Indonesia’s dairy processing industry.

"To increase the productivity of the industry, quality dairy cow supply needs to be strengthened to meet the demand for Domestic Fresh Milk (SSDN) as raw material (for dairy products)," the ministry’s director general of agro industry, Putu Juli Ardika, stated.

In a press release issued on Wednesday, Ardika said his side had undertaken a working visit to the Netherlands along with representatives from the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels as well as the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague in mid-April of 2023.

The Indonesian delegation held meetings with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), The Netherlands Agricultural and Horticultural Association (LTO), a Dutch multinational dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina N.V., and some dairy farmers fostered by the cooperative.

The director general stated that the working visit also aimed at observing the implementation of modern and sustainable dairy farming in the Netherlands.

"We also made a visit to the FrieslandCampina’s milk processing factory in Leeuwarden," he noted.

He remarked that the Indonesian delegation’s visit received positive responses from LNV and LTO.

"(The dairy processing industry players in) the Netherlands have various potentials that can be explored further with various parties in Indonesia, especially with private parties, who are interested in investing in (the supply of) dairy cows," Ardika remarked.

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He stated at the meeting with LNV that several big dairy processing companies in Indonesia were interested in buying eight to 16 thousand Holstein dairy cows originating from the Netherlands.

He stated that the attempt aims to address the shortage of fresh milk for the Indonesian dairy processing industry that currently reaches 80 percent.

"We offer Indonesia as 'a new hope (place) for Dutch cattle', so Dutch dairy farmers can relocate their dairy cattle to Indonesia or invest in Indonesia," the director general remarked.

He said that the Dutch dairy processing players welcomed the opportunities of investing in Indonesia.

"The (implementation of this working) visit in the Netherlands on investment (cooperation) for (the provision of) dairy cows also opens collaboration opportunities in cross-breeding the Dutch dairy cattle with the (hot environment) temperature-tolerant local (Indonesian) dairy cattle," he added.

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