Negros Occidental seeks to develop Negros Beef by eyeing to have a sister agreement with with an Indonesian company.
Aside from developing the Negros Beef, the partnership of the Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO) of Negros Occidental and Indonesia is to position Negros as the center of cattle production in the Visayas.
“I met with representatives of Unimax Inc. from Indonesia here on Tuesday to discuss a possible linkage. The provincial government is also eyeing a sisterhood agreement with Lampung Province in Indonesia,” Dr. Renante Decena, the provincial veterinarian.
Respectively, Decena mentioned that they will have a formal discussion with Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson. Business proposals for both provinces are also obtained.
Decena highlighted that the prices of beef and feed ingredients in Negros Occidental are cheaper by about 35 percent compared to the rates in Indonesia.
“One of our diversified industries is beef cattle especially the Halal type. The partner-company may fatten their cattle here and export this to Indonesia as meat,” the PVO chief said.
Further, 8,850 metric tons at per capita consumption of 2.95 kilograms deemed to be Negros’ demand for beef.
“Yet, the available supply is only 5,000 metric tons from the current population of about 55,000 heads,” report mentioned.