A concluding seminar was organised by the DIFS Live team on the 21st of November. A total of 130 participants from the dairy and poultry sector attended. During the one-day seminar the DIFS Live team presented the main outcomes and results of programme.
The DIFS Live programme has demonstrated that it is possible to improve the production and supply of safe and affordable chicken meat if government agencies and businesses work together. In this way the campaign ‘Ayam Dingin Segar’ (www.ayamdinginsegar.com) was set up and implemented. Consumers in Greater Jakarta are now more inclined to buy cooled chicken. This has given the small and medium scale slaughterers of chicken the incentives to work on improving their production and supply standards. During the one day seminar examples were presented on how some of the slaughter companies in West Java and at the DKI Jakarta-owned slaughter facilities converted their operations. Safer and more efficient slaughter practices and cool chain management are not only good for our consumers, but make also good business sense.
DIFS Live also worked on improvement of the broiler farming practices. In total eight broiler farms in Bekasi, Bandung and Bogor were supported with the introduction of better management practices, improvements to the drinking water supply and broiler housing. At Bandung a model broiler farm was established which is used for practical training and research purposes.
Limited supplies and the poor quality of feed is one of major limitations to increasing dairy farm productivity. To meet the increasing demand for dairy products and to reduce the dependency on imported milk powder, DIFS Live worked with dairy farmers and their organisations on (a) the production and availability of better quality fodder throughout the year; (b) improving the access to improved concentrate feeds; (c) incorporating better feed management in the overall dairy farming practices. At the seminar the participants learnt about the positive results that were achieved with the training and demonstration activities implemented at two dairy cooperatives: KPSP Saluyu in Kuningan regency and KPGS Cikajang in Garut regency.
The workshop was opened by Mr Syamsul Ma’arif, Director Veterinary Public Health of the Ministry of Agriculture and Mr Ferdinand Lahnstein, Deputy Head of Mission, Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta. Both gentlemen stressed public-private cooperation as a precondition for effective change and development in the Indonesian livestock sector. The day was concluded with a panel discussion.