Indonesia has not suspended import of frozen boneless frozen buffalo meat from India, the Indian Embassy in Jakarta mentioned on Friday.

“Some competition have been spreading all sorts of rumours on the suspension of frozen buffalo meat by Indonesia with the ulterior motive of defaming safe, risk-totally free Indian buffalo meat with an purpose to effect its exports to other nations.

“In perspective of the reality that there is no these types of suspension of imports of frozen boneless buffalo meat from India, this is false propaganda of some of India’s competition as they are threatened by the at any time growing achievements of the Indian buffalo meat,” the embassy mentioned in a press launch.

ABC report

Australia Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) mentioned in a report on Wednesday, quoting Reuters, that the Indonesia logistics agency Bulog Main Govt Budi Waseso had told his Parliament that buffalo meat exports from India had been suspended owing to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic.

The agency quoted Waseso as reportedly saying: “due to the lockdown … furthermore the development of the COVID-19 virus in India … we temporarily stopped the (buffalo meat) import approach.”

ABC further reported that the trade had appear to a complete halt. Even so, it quoted Indonesian livestock marketing consultant Robu Agustiar as saying that Indonesia had not determined to ban Indian buffalo meat imports but could postpone shipments.

Agustiar also reportedly mentioned the suspension of buffalo meat imports from India could last for three months.

“There is no suspension of our buffalo meat imports,” mentioned Tarun Bajaj, Director of Agricultural and Processed Food stuff Products and solutions Exports Progress Authority (APEDA), which supervises and encourages agricultural exports.

“There is no difficulty with Indonesia (on buffalo meat exports). It is our competition who are spreading rumours,” he mentioned.

“On the contrary, Indonesia is in the course of action of purchasing further buffalo meat imports from India,” mentioned Bajaj, who is in cost of exports of processed foods and animal products.

ABC reported that Indonesia had presented permission to import eighty,000 tonnes of buffalo meat from India and so considerably, 13,000 tonnes had achieved the Far-East place. But Fauzan Alvi, just one of India’s largest meat exporters and spokesperson for All Indi Meat and Livestock Exporters Assoication mentioned Indonesia has previously sourced 25,700 tonnes of buffalo meat from India since February this year and there have been completely no concerns in provides.

“Indonesia had fully commited to raise the quota to two lakh tonnes, but it is still to put into practice it,” he mentioned.

“Bulog, which procures meat from India, has just placed an enquiry for source of fifty three,000 tonnes of meat to be shipped in phases up to December. Orders based on the enquiry need to be finalised by Indian exporters in two weeks.There is no suspension of Indian exports to Indonesia and these are just baseless rumours,” mentioned Alavi.

Headway in Indonesian market place

Trade resources mentioned that Indian competition, notably in the Asia-Pacific area, have been anxious that Indian buffalo meat enjoys a 30 for each cent market place share in Indonesia at this time.

In accordance to Internet site, India ranked fifth in terms of beef exports, all buffalo meat only, shipping one.28 million tonnes and enjoying a twelve for each cent share in the global market place.

APEDA information reveals that India’s buffalo meat exports recorded a high of one.47 million tonnes in the course of 2014-fifteen in advance of dropping to one.fifteen million tonnes in the course of 2019-20. Provisional figures for 2020-21 fiscal peg buffalo meat exports at one.08 million tonnes, nevertheless the benefit was better at ₹23,460 crore in contrast with previous fiscal’s ₹22,661 crore.

Exports rebound

As regards buffalo meat exports to Indonesia, shipments until eventually 2015-sixteen have been underneath 900 tonnes in advance of collecting momentum and peaking at 94,five hundred tonnes in the course of 2018-19. Although the shipments dropped to 73,136 tonnes in 2019-20, they had rebounded last year. Through April-February last fiscal, India had exported eighty two,347 tonnes.

India has develop into a resource of a more cost-effective alternative to high priced beef from competition these types of as Brazil and Australia. It is also noticed as a more cost-effective resource of protein in the Far-East country.

Trade resources mentioned that when Indian buffalo meat was available at significantly less than $three,five hundred ( ₹25,five hundred) a tonne, beef from origins these types of as Australia ruled at over $four,five hundred (₹32,850).

India’s exports of buffalo meat to Indonesia in 2019-20 have been really worth $230 million with exports valued about the very same stage last fiscal. “We can conveniently treble exports. We have all the methods,” mentioned Alavi.

“We have not slice into anyone’s market place share in Indonesia. We only produced an additional market place with our buffalo meat,” mentioned a trade resource devoid of wishing to be determined.