Makassar, S Sulawesi (ANTARA) - Gadjah Mada University (UGM) and Hasanuddin University (Unhas) have jointly organized a training on small-scale commercial cattle farming business management for 30 beef cattle breeding entrepreneurs from July 24 to July 29.

The two public universities have been selected to train the breeders for the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in Red Meat and Cattle Sector, the partnership's project leader, Panjono, said.

The participants comprise 20 men and 10 women. They have been selected from those running small-scale commercial cattle farming businesses who own 10 to 100 cows, he informed in a statement received here on Tuesday.

The selected participants come from the provinces of South Sulawesi, Southeast Sulawesi, North Sulawesi, South Kalimantan, East Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, and Central Kalimantan, he said.

According to Panjono, UGM and Unhas have been chosen to co-organize the training program due to the good reputation of their faculties of animal science as leading institutions in animal science and industry in Indonesia.

Through the training program, small-scale cattle breeders want to improve their knowledge and skills in managing their commercial cattle farming businesses, he said.

UGM has repeatedly been entrusted with the task of holding similar trainings by the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in Red Meat and Cattle Sector over the past few years.

According to UGM's official website, in 2022, 30 small-scale cattle breeders joined the university's training program during which they were taught about livestock production systems, key performance indicators for cattle productivity, business management, introduction to smart farming, and development of an entrepreneurial mindset in livestock business.

According to its official website, the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector is a 10-year partnership that will last till 2024.

With funding of AUD$60 million from the Australian government and co-contributions from project partners, the Indonesia-Australia partnership aims to "support food security in the red meat and cattle sectors and access to the global supply chain for red meat and cattle products through trade and investment environment."

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