Gorontalo (ANTARA News) - The export of cows from the Gorontalo Province to Malaysia which had recently been disrupted, is now resumed following a permit issued by the Agriculture Minister.
"After long and protracted debates in Jakarta, the central government allowed the resumption of cow exports from Gorontalo to Malaysia. This is the result of a consistent struggle for the welfare of the people in Gorontalo," Gorontalo Governor Fadel Muhammad said here on Monday.
However, Fadel said that the central government banned the export of young cows.
In the meantime, Halim Usman, chairman of local state company Fitrah Mandiri said the second batch of the cow exports would soon be carried out.
"As Malaysia has placed a large order for cows with the company, and we will have to meet the order in stages," Halim said without elaborating.
Earlier the Central Government, in this case the Agriculture Minister and Trade Minister, banned cow exports on the grounds that the country was still importing these commodities.
However, Gorontalo continued exporting its cows to Malaysia under a contract with Malaysian importers.
The second cow export batch, however, may have to be cancelled, because the central government had urged the relevant Gorontalo government authorities to abide by the regulations.
Hundreds of cattle breeders some time ago staged a demonstration in front of the Provincial Legislative Assembly (DPRD) urging the government to issue a permit for cow exports to neighboring Malaysia.