Indon starts annual cattle import quota

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Indonesia has reportedly announced an annual quota for live cattle imports in 2016.

Indonesia has reportedly announced an annual quota for live cattle imports in 2016, a move lobbied for by Australian government and producers.

For next year, Indonesia will set the quota at around 600,000 to 700,000 heads, local website detik.com reports.

Australian ministers Andrew Robb and Barnaby Joyce visited Jakarta earlier this year lobbying for the change from a quarterly to an annual system, to give cattle producers greater certainty by removing any dramatic fluctuations.

An announcement will be made early next year on how many animals will come from Australia, the report says.

Agricultural Minister Andi Amran Sulaiman was quoted as saying the government would also speed up the development of a quarantine island to allow Indonesia to import cattle from countries that are not completely free of foot and mouth disease, including India, Argentina and Brazil.

Australian concern on the quota issue escalated when earlier this year, Jakarta announced a 50,000 third-quarter quota, against an expected 200,000.

The beef scarcity in local markets made it un-affordable for most and some butchers went out on strike.

In Australia, shocked cattle producers had to quickly find other markets.

After his October meeting with Indonesia's Trade Minister Tom Lembong, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce told reporters he knew what the outcome of the meeting was, but it wasn't his place to announce it.