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Growing partnerships with Indonesia

The  Territory’s relationship with Indonesia has been strengthened further with the reciprocal tour of a group of pastoralists from the NT Cat­tlemen’s Association Indonesia-Australia Pastoral Program (NTCA NIAPP).

The NTCA NIAPP program is unlike anything else in Australia and provides a cross-cultural look at the NT’s cattle industry leveraging the decades old relationship between Indonesia and the Northern Territory.

The program brings 20 Indonesian agriculture students to the Territory to work on cattle stations for a 10-week pe­riod to learn all aspects of the production process in a 'hands on' skills develop­ment way.

Following the visit, members from the host cattle stations return to Indonesia to gain a firsthand look at the way they operate. The reciprocal tour includes visits to universities and feedlots.

Now in its sixth year the program has more than 90 alumni, the majority of whom have gone on to work in the Indonesian beef industry.

Each year more than 100 students apply for the 20 positions. The program has been an important addition to the ongoing development of the Indonesian beef industry.

The alumni are the leaders of the future and StudyNT has been critical in ensur­ing the NTCA is able to bring the alumni together for further information sharing and skill development.

NTCA Chief Executive Officer Ashley Manicaros said without the support of StudyNT bringing the alumni together would be challenging.

“The alumni are from across Indonesia so getting them together in Jakarta is a logistical challenge,” he said.

“But with the support of the NT Gov­ernment through StudyNT we are able to keep the flow of information going and maintain our contacts which will prove beneficial in the years to come.”

Image: Alumni students and host cattle stations on the reciprocal tour of the NTCA’s NIAPP program were guests of the Deputy Head of Mission, Alistair Cox, at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta.