Indian carabeef finds place in Jakarta


Starting this year, Indonesia has decided to import carabeef or buffalo meat from India as an alternative to beef to stabilise prices. Although the meat is sold at around USD 4.6 a kg, almost half the current stubbornly high beef price. Initial doubts regarding acceptance quickly faded after the arrival of the first shipment in late August. Within a month, 65% of the 10,000 tonnes of carabeef had been successfully absorbed, data from the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) showed.

Meat vendors in local markets, meanwhile, reported that sales had quickly picked up pace. “Last month, I only managed to sell less than 50kg of buffalo meat per day. But these days, I can sell up to 75kg daily,” said Arifin Nasmawi, a vendor in West Jakarta’s Grogol market. Bulog is now set to procure another 70,000 tonnes by year-end.


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