Jayapura 1/5 (Jubi) – Seven regencies in Papua have the potential to be cattle breeding centers, said Director General of Livestock and Animal Health at the Ministry of Agriculture, Syukur Iwantoro.
Syukur said there were 79,000 cattle in Papua.
“These regencies are Merauke, Jayapura, Nabire, Keerom, Sarmi, Biak and Jayapura. In the future, Papua will be the center of cattle feed as there’s an abundance of green plants, grass, corn. Even, cattle feed can be exported to neighboring countries such as Papua New Guinea and to areas outside of Papua such as Surabaya and Makassar,” Syukur said on Wednesday night (30/4).
He a number of regencies in Papua will be developed into oil palm plantations and cattle breeding centers.
“This is one example in which farms and plantations benefit each otherm. The plan is to develope a model of farms in some regencies, such as in Keerom, Merauke, Nabire, Biak and Jayapura,” he said.
In the mid- last year, the Secretariat of Staff Directorate General of Livestock and Animal Health Ministry of Agriculture, Masduki said, with its natural potential, Papua and West Papua could be one of the alternative solutions to national efforts to accelerate development through livestock.
“So far, the availability of pastures is 148,293 hectares in Papua and 196,506 hectares in West Papua. This pasture has not been used and there has been no formal legality. Communities are also inexperienced in breeding, ” he said. ( Jubi / Arjuna).