During the previous two market chains field visits in KalSel, achievements included:
farmer group consultations and project site selection;
informant interviews of local and interisland traders, butchers, beef retailers, input suppliers, a commercial breeding farm, the manager of the livestock market, and quarantine office; and
market chains training workshops for two selected farmer groups.
Useful information was obtained from these activities and areas for further research were identified.
The goals of the planning meetings in May 2019 were as follows:
to review the results obtained from the previous visits, as well as relevant results from the literature review and secondary data analysis;
to discuss topics for further research, and data requirements for more in-depth analyses suitable for publications (as most subjects will involve at a minimum a review of literature and collecting both secondary and primary data);
to develop outlines, workplans and research proposals for selected topics, including sub-projects, project leadership, and timelines and who is going to lead;
to identify data sources and collect data at the provincial and district levels on the following:
livestock market sales data;
shipping/cattle import data into KalSel from different provinces of origin (NTT, NTB, East Java, Sulawesi, etc); and
cattle numbers/herd structure.
Members of the CropCow market chains team involved in these discussions included Dr Eni Siti Rohaeni (BPTP-KalSel), Dr Nuri Dewi Yanti (ULM), Mr Sholih N Hadi (BPTP-KalSel), Dr Ika Sumantri (ULM), Dr A Hamdan (BPTP-KalSel), Dr Ahmad Subhan (BPTP-KalSel), and Ridhona Edriantina (Field Officer, KalSel).
In addition to collecting relevant secondary data sets, the team discussed many areas of potential research and academic publication, based on priorities and issues identified during the field visits.
Based on this discussion, several topics were considered by the team to warrant further investigation, including literature review, collection of relevant secondary data, and additional field work and consultation where necessary. Each will contribute to CropCow market chains objectives in KalSel.
A series of research questions were developed for each topic, as well as a research methodology. Each topic will be led by a different member of the CropCow/KalSel market chains team.
The topics include:
Farming systems analysis and issues (led by Dr Eni Siti Rohaeni).
Policy analysis at national, provincial and district levels, and impact on beef demand and local supply (led by Dr Ika Sumantri).
Inter-island cattle trade into KalSel, supply, major stakeholders and players, and issues and opportunities (led by Dr A. Hamdan).
Cattle trading at the Tanah Laut livestock market, volume of trade, origin and destination of livestock, availability of data (led by Dr A. Hamdan).
Demand and supply of beef in KalSel, including data availability and consumer preferences (led by Dr Ika Sumantri).
Weighing scale, implications of weighing vs estimation of livestock weight ‘by eye’ for traders and smallholders (led by Sholih N Hadi).
Supply of feeder cattle, including source and weight/age preferences (led by Dr Ahmad Subhan, BPTP-KalSel).
Breeding farm situation analysis in KalSel and Tanah Laut (led by Dr Ahmad Subhan, BPTP-KalSel).
Input supply situation analysis and challenges, and potential for collaboration with input supplier contacts (led by Dr Eni Siti Rohaeni).
Risk and risk management for market chains stakeholders (led by Dr Nuri Dewi Yanti).
Payment and profit-sharing arrangements to understand the rationale behind different arrangements used, and their benefits for farmers (led by Dr Nuri Dewi Yanti).
In addition to detailed research planning, the team have prepared and submitted two conference papers, accepted for oral presentation at the ISTAP conference in Indonesia in September 2019.