On 29th April 2019, the University of New England (UNE) hosted an event in Bali to showcase our developing partnerships and collaborations in Indonesia, and to explore opportunities to expand engagement with Indonesian colleagues and institutions for mutual benefit.
Recently, we reported on a market chains case study field visit in Lombok, carried out by the CropCow market chains team. Immediately following this work, the team visited neighbouring Sumbawa to hold discussions with several farmer groups.
The PalmCow animal production team is collaborating with the Gading Jaya farmer group in the Tapung sub-district, Kampar district, Riau. Dr Yeni Widiawati, PalmCow project leader and animal production team leader, and an animal nutrition specialist based at IRIAP, provides a summary of the team’s monitoring activity at this site in May 2019.
Professor Rene Villano from the University of New England visited Indonesia in June 2019 to discuss socioeconomic activities in both CropCow and PalmCow, and participate in the first training sessions in household survey data collection, with enumerators in South Kalimantan and colleagues from BPTP-KalSel.
The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources (NT DPIR) is a senior Australian partner in the PalmCow project, working closely with Indonesian partner agencies, collaborators and local stakeholders, and with colleagues from the University of New England to build capacity in improved management of palm-cattle integration.
The feedlot sector accounts for approximately 10% of total beef production in Indonesia. It is a potential contributor to meeting Indonesia’s beef self-sufficiency target, as well as a competitor for the smallholder cattle producers.
In May 2019, an IndoBeef market chains team comprising Christie Chang and Febrina Prameswari visited two feedlots in Cianjur, West Java. These included PT Ben Buana Sejahtera and PT Pasir Tengah.