WEST Australian Agriculture Minister Terry Redman described the $30 million aid package to beef producers only a "drop in the ocean".The package of up to $25,000 per pastoralist was welcome but only represented the price of about 40 cattle, Mr Redman told reporters in Perth today.
"It's absolutely a drop in the ocean," he said.
"In Western Australia we are going to have around about 150,000 head that will not have a home and the stock that they do find a home for will clearly have a vastly reduced price."
Farmers wanted a resumption in the trade, not compensation.
"They want to have ships going north with their stock. They don't want to have someone coming in with a cheque of money."
Mr Redman said Prime Minister Julia Gillard should phone her Indonesian counterpart to make it clear Australia was genuinely interested in resuming the trade.
The Federal Government imposed a ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia in early June, following an ABC Four Corners documentary depicting brutal treatment of animals in Indonesian abattoirs.