Indonesia has not suspended import of frozen boneless frozen buffalo meat from India, the Indian Embassy in Jakarta mentioned on Friday.
“Some opponents have been spreading all types of rumours on the suspension of frozen buffalo meat by Indonesia with the ulterior motive of defaming protected, risk-free of charge Indian buffalo meat with an intention to influence its exports to other nations.
“In view of the fact that there is no these types of suspension of imports of frozen boneless buffalo meat from India, this is false propaganda of some of India’s opponents as they are threatened by the ever growing success of the Indian buffalo meat,” the embassy mentioned in a press launch.
Australia Broadcasting Company (ABC) mentioned in a report on Wednesday, quoting Reuters, that the Indonesia logistics agency Bulog Chief Executive Budi Waseso had explained to his Parliament that buffalo meat exports from India had been suspended due to concerns in excess of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The agency quoted Waseso as reportedly expressing: “due to the lockdown … furthermore the development of the COVID-19 virus in India … we briefly stopped the (buffalo meat) import approach.”
ABC more claimed that the trade had occur to a complete halt. Having said that, it quoted Indonesian livestock guide Robu Agustiar as expressing that Indonesia had not resolved to ban Indian buffalo meat imports but could postpone shipments.
Agustiar also reportedly mentioned the suspension of buffalo meat imports from India could previous for three months.
“There is no suspension of our buffalo meat imports,” mentioned Tarun Bajaj, Director of Agricultural and Processed Food Goods Exports Advancement Authority (APEDA), which supervises and promotes agricultural exports.
“There is no situation with Indonesia (on buffalo meat exports). It is our opponents who are spreading rumours,” he mentioned.
“On the opposite, Indonesia is in the process of ordering more buffalo meat imports from India,” mentioned Bajaj, who is in cost of exports of processed foods and animal solutions.
ABC claimed that Indonesia had provided permission to import 80,000 tonnes of buffalo meat from India and so significantly, thirteen,000 tonnes had arrived at the Considerably-East place. But Fauzan Alvi, just one of India’s most significant meat exporters and spokesperson for All Indi Meat and Livestock Exporters Assoication mentioned Indonesia has now sourced 25,700 tonnes of buffalo meat from India due to the fact February this year and there have been certainly no challenges in supplies.
“Indonesia had committed to increase the quota to two lakh tonnes, but it is but to apply it,” he mentioned.
“Bulog, which procures meat from India, has just positioned an enquiry for provide of fifty three,000 tonnes of meat to be shipped in phases up to December. Orders dependent on the enquiry really should be finalised by Indian exporters in two months.There is no suspension of Indian exports to Indonesia and these are just baseless rumours,” mentioned Alavi.
Headway in Indonesian industry
Trade sources mentioned that Indian opponents, significantly in the Asia-Pacific location, have been nervous that Indian buffalo meat enjoys a thirty for every cent industry share in Indonesia currently.
In accordance to beef2live.com Web page, India ranked fifth in phrases of beef exports, all buffalo meat only, shipping and delivery one.28 million tonnes and having fun with a 12 for every cent share in the world-wide industry.
APEDA facts reveals that India’s buffalo meat exports recorded a higher of one.forty seven million tonnes for the duration of 2014-fifteen ahead of dropping to one.fifteen million tonnes for the duration of 2019-20. Provisional figures for 2020-21 fiscal peg buffalo meat exports at one.08 million tonnes, however the price was increased at ₹23,460 crore as opposed with prior fiscal’s ₹22,661 crore.
As regards buffalo meat exports to Indonesia, shipments until 2015-16 have been beneath 900 tonnes ahead of accumulating momentum and peaking at ninety four,five hundred tonnes for the duration of 2018-19. While the shipments dropped to seventy three,136 tonnes in 2019-20, they had rebounded previous year. Through April-February previous fiscal, India had exported 82,347 tonnes.
India has come to be a source of a less expensive choice to high-priced beef from opponents these types of as Brazil and Australia. It is also noticed as a less expensive source of protein in the Considerably-East country.
Trade sources mentioned that although Indian buffalo meat was available at fewer than $three,five hundred ( ₹25,five hundred) a tonne, beef from origins these types of as Australia ruled at earlier mentioned $four,five hundred (₹32,850).
India’s exports of buffalo meat to Indonesia in 2019-20 have been worth $230 million with exports valued about the identical level previous fiscal. “We can quickly treble exports. We have all the methods,” mentioned Alavi.
“We have not cut into anyone’s industry share in Indonesia. We only created an further industry with our buffalo meat,” mentioned a trade source without the need of wishing to be discovered.