Indonesian farm dollars can grow on trees

17 May 2017
 Max Shelton
Leucaena is harvested in eastern Indonesia, before being fed to cattle. Image: Max Shelton

Indonesian journalists have visited The University of Queensland to hear about a successful cattle fattening project in their nation’s east which is bringing significant economic benefits for smallholder cattle farmers.

UQ School of Agriculture and Food Sciences researcher Associate Professor Max Shelton said the project involved more than 2000 farmers, who had planted one million fodder legume trees to fatten cattle.

“It has trained 60 Government staff and 80 farmer leaders, and distributed 2000kg of improved leucaena fodder tree seed grown and sold by Indonesian smallholders,” he said.

Dr Shelton said the $1.7m project involved Australian and Indonesian research institutes.

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