INDONESIA - The Agriculture Ministry has allocated Rp1.1 trillion (US$82.47 million) of its budget to increase the country's livestock population through a special artificial insemination programme (Upsus SIWAB), which breeders will get assistance to improve livestock reproduction.
According to TheJakartaPost, the ministry’s animal health and husbandry director general, I Ketut Diarmita, said the programme was one of the government’s prioritised programmes for the animal husbandry sector, which aimed to increase the national birth rate of livestock.
“As of now, the contribution of local livestock to national demand has been relatively low. Upsus SIWAB is part of a government initiative to boost livestock numbers, especially cattle,” said Mr Diarmita.
He was speaking during the launch of the programme at an agriculture education complex in Lelede village, Kediri district, West Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Tuesday (28 February). NTB is a participating province in the programme.
Mr Diarmita said under the programme, the government required cows at a reproductive age to be artificially inseminated.
The ministry's target was to carry out artificial insemination on around 4 million cows across the country, he added.
“We expect in 2018 that around 3 million calves will have resulted from artificial insemination,” said Mr Diarmita.
NTB along with Bali, Central Java, East Java, Lampung and West Java are cattle producing regions. The province will receive Rp 26 billion for the programme to be applied some 140,000 cows in eight regencies across Lombok and Sumbawa.
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