Frozen meat from India to enter North Sulawesi's market

Logistic office plans to distribute six tons of Indian meats priced at Rp80 thousand.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, MANADO -- North Sulawesi's State Logistic Office has urged the authority in Jakarta to supply frozen meats imported from India to the province's market ahead of the Eid holiday 2018. For the first phase, the logistic office plans to distribute six tons of Indian meats priced at Rp80 thousand, or around US$6 per kilogram.

"This is the headquarter's policy to offer options to the people ahead of Eid," Head of North Sulawesi's State Logistic Office Eko Pranoto noted here on Monday.

The imported meats will be stocked as a precautionary measure to handle higher demand during Ramadan, particularly in the last three days before Eid, according to Head of North Sulawesi's Trade Office Jenny Karouw. She remarked that based on previous years, the demand would increase up to 100 percent compared to the normal sales.

For instance, Karouw noted that eight to 13 cows were butchered daily at the local farmer market Bersehati Manado, while during Eid season last year, the number increased to 46 cows per day.

"We need to take precautionary measure to handle this matter, and we will continue to work with related offices," she noted.

The Trade Office has also supported the State Logistic Office to supply frozen meats from Java.

At present, meats are sold at Rp115 thousand, or around $8 per kilogram, according to North Sulawesi's Trade Center.

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