The Northern Territory’s chief minister and primary industries minister are visiting live cattle export supply chains during a visit to Indonesia these week.
Terry Mills and Willem Westra van Holthe have inspected a feedlot and abattoir owned by large-scale cattle importer Tanjung Unggul Mandiri (TUM) the outskirts of Jakarta, and will meet with Indonesian agricultural minister Suswono later this week.
Mr Mills said he was impressed by TUM’s facilities.
"The feedlot and abattoir operations are of a high standard, with animal welfare a priority,” Mr Mill said.
"The Northern Territory has a role to play in assisting Indonesia achieve its goal of food security and today's visit provided us and TUM officials with a chance to discuss key issues affecting the industry from the perspective of both countries.
"TUM has gone to considerable effort to ensure cattle are properly treated – as is the case with the vast majority of similar facilities in Indonesia.
Mr Mills said he saw the need to build relationships with Indonesia as a priority for his Government.
"Food exports are a key component of the Country Liberals Government's plan to develop a three-hub economy and Indonesia, which has had economic growth averaging around six per cent a year over the past five years, is an obvious target for future partnerships."
Mr Westra van Holthe said it is critical to understand how policies of both the Indonesian and Commonwealth governments play out at a grass roots level.
"There are complex issues to work through but there is huge potential to bulid on the relationship that was forged over 30 years ago by the previous Country Liberals Government," Mr Westra van Holthe said.
"I am looking at growing horticulture links between Indonesia and the Territory into the future as well sharing intellectual property in areas including cattle breeding, and pasture improvement."