A former industry player has admitted that it is a drive towards self sufficiency in beef supply that has led to Indonesia's import restrictions, and not poor handling by the Australian Government.
Steve Meerwald, former boss of Wellard Rural Exports, says that Indonesia was already looking at cutting back before the 2011 export suspension. You can read the ABC Rural article here.
A significant decrease in cattle imported in 2010 (520,987) compared to 2009 (772,868) would certainly support Mr Meerwald's comment.
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