Sunday, 21 April 2019 | 19:03 WIB

Indonesia Agriculture Ministry Focuses on Improving Cattle Product Quality

Indonesia Agriculture Ministry Focuses on Improving Cattle Product Quality (nnc)

JAKARTA, NNC - Director of Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture Fadjar Sumping Tjatur Rasa attended the Tokyo AMR One Health Conference on Friday (03/08/2019). The event was also attended by delegates from 17 Asia Pacific countries.

In the meeting, Fadjar explained that currently Indonesia continues to prepare itself for modern agriculture.

"We prepare in an integrated manner from upstream to downstream, then prepare a system for monitoring veterinary medicines, health infrastructure and facilities as well as reviewing side effects," Fadjar said through a written statement on Saturday (03/09/2019).

In addition, other preparations that are also being intensified are regulating the use of antibiotics as well as population and distribution of livestock. On the other hand, there is also the maturation of legislation and supervision of animal feed and the competence of medical human resources and veterinary paramedics.

"We have initiated this step since 2015 in collaboration with the Dutch Government and FAO in developing a road map and developing AMR control in the Ministry of Agriculture," he said.

According to Fadjar, all those efforts have produced good results, also very strategic. Among them have produced processed products produced by farmers supported by export licenses to Japan.

"Indonesia will be the only SFM exporter for the first raw material for fertilizer and animal feed for Japan. Therefore, we guard this export plan and procedure well," he said.

Fadjar said, import demand also occurred in feather flour, and had even obtained requests for import of halal certified beef sausages from Japan's Sugitomo Co. Ltd. Furthermore, there are also other products that will follow to obtain requests for imports from Japan.

"Two Japanese companies, Saiwa Shaji Co Ltd and Kyushu Koeki Co Ltd, will be importers of steamed feather meal (SFM) from Indonesia. The SFM will be used as raw material for making fertilizer and animal feed in Japan," he said.

However, he said, the recognition of Indonesian halal certification labeled by MUI was far higher than the halal certification in force in Japan. This position is very helpful because livestock products from Indonesia do not need to apply for certification in Japan.

"We must protect this superiority by guaranteeing product quality. Moreover, the halal product market will increase because snow and sakura tourism in Japan is increasingly in demand. Moreover, tourists who are mostly Muslim will find it easier to find halal products," he said.

Fadjar added, this meeting also had a positive impact, especially in the Indonesian livestock sector. The positive impact was marked by the emergence of various antibiotic-free animal feed factories.

"There are also growth growth plants and biosecurity enhancements in farms or processed poultry products free of antibiotic residues as well as farm compartments that are free of poultry disease. This is what will encourage increased demand for the import of processed poultry products from Indonesia to Japan," he said.

Just to note, this meeting was also attended by representatives of FAO, WHO, OIE, NIID, and SEARO. Indonesia itself in its presentation took the title of National Action Plan on AMR Indonesia.

"So, so that this One-health can be optimized according to the National Action Plan, it is necessary to further advocate ministries/institutions and various related parties to collaborate in a survey called the Tri-cycle AMR One-Health Surveillance to monitor the occurrence of resistant germs," Fadjar added.