ACTNews, SUMBAWA – Few hours prior to the departure of the Qurbani Ship, Thursday (8/16) the Sumbawa Livestock Quarantine Facility was bustling with activities. Workers and animal caretakers were slowly loading the best Sumbawan cattle onto trucks. Hundreds of heads of cattle were ready to sail to Jakarta through the Qurbani Ship.
It was KM. Cemara Nusantara, an Indonesian livestock carrier, which used as the Qurbani Ship. Equipped with adequate facilities to maintain the prime condition of the cattle during the journey to Jakarta, as stated by Lalu Muhammad Alfian, Global Qurban – ACT West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) on Thursday (8/16).
“It is the first time for our cattle to be carried using a state-owned livestock carrier. It is equipped with air conditioning system and veterinarians. With this facility, we are sure that the death rate of the animals will only be 1%. Using regular barges, the death rate could reach 10% in one shipping,” said Alfian.
The Qurbani Ship initiative on this year’s Eid Al-Adha, according to the local livestock raisers and breeders, is very beneficial. Apart from the cheap shipping cost and reduced death rate, the livestock raisers also benefitted from the fair price of the cattle.
Rusdi, a Global Qurban Partner, explained that the provision of the cattle in Sumbawa for the Qurbani Ship has employed 100 local breeders and raisers. “So, Alhamdulillah, the Qurbani Ship has empowered many people here,” said Rusdi.
The cattle sent from Sumbawa is of Balinese cattle that has gone through the physical tests, two medical tests, and lab tests by the authorities from the related department. “It is our effort to make sure that the quality of the cattle is guaranteed once they arrive in Jakarta,” said Alfian.
The cattle in the Quarantine Facility is considered to be still quite wild. Because the herds of cattle were uncaged, not everyone can handle them. The animal caretakers slowly and carefully led the cattle onto the trucks to avoid wounds caused by falling, dragging, or stress.
“We have begun the loading process of the cattle since 9:30 a.m. in the morning. One truck can hold 15 heads of cattle. The super cows, the red-horned ones, weigh around 300 kilograms. The regular cows are the white-horned ones. We make sure that each one of them will be safe and comfortable during the journey, Insha Allah,” Alfian added.
The cattle transported by the Qurbani Ship will be sacrificed for the Jakarta Qurbani Kitchen. This program is a collaboration between Global Qurban and the Provincial Government of Jakarta. The Qurbani Ship is slated to depart on Thursday (8/16) from West Labuan, Sumbawa.
The ship will sail for three days and two nights and is estimated to arrive at Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta, on Sunday (8/19) morning.