The foot and mouth disease (PMK) first entered Indonesia in 1887. The virus entered Indonesia along with cattle imported from the Netherlands. Since then, the history of the PMK outbreak has “colored” the livestock governance in Indonesia. With the hard work of various parties, in 1986, then Minister of Agriculture, Achmad Afandi, issued a Ministerial Decree declaring Indonesia free of PMK. Four years later, the World Organization for Animal Health (founded as OIE) issued an official statement that Indonesia was free of PMK. This long history has recently raised many questions, along with the spread of PMK in several parts of Indonesia.To subscribe please click here