Indonesian Government Strengthens Support on Aquaculture

Alex Whitebrook/ May 12, 2017/ News/ 0 comments

Indonesian aquaculture experienced a 3.11 percent growth in volume in the first quarter of 2017, to 3.54 tonnes of fish.

-As described in the news piece below, taken from the FIS European Union website, the aquaculture is an increasingly important industry for the developing countries of South East Asia. In future, it will only become more important to keep attention on aquaculture markets as they develop.-

There was also a 37 percent increase in farmed fish value, which reached IDR 30.90 trillion (USD 2.31 billion), from the same quarter in 2016, reported Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry’s aquaculture director general Slamet Soebjakto.

“Aquaculture has a strategic function, economically, socially and geopolitically, particularly because it is has great potential to improve welfares of the people. It is our job to make this business more effective and efficient so that it will greatly affect the national economy soon,” he added.

In addition, the official explained that as part of the government’s plans to increase aquaculture production, the government intends to develop the activity in 34 provinces this year, covering 173 regencies and cities. To this end, the government would distribute some 100 million young fish to farmers to revitalise 250 units of floating nets to grow fish and distribute insurance premium for 3,300 hectares of fish farms.

In addition to that, the government will revitalize fishponds in 20 regencies/cities, develop fishponds for catfish in 60 regencies/cities and open offshore aquaculture in Sabang, Aceh; Pangandaran, West Java and Karimunjava, Central Java.

On the other hand, to further strengthen the aquaculture industry in the country, particularly the position of small-scale aquaculture producers of seaweed, milkfish and shrimp in four regencies in South Sulawesi, a four-year, multi-partner project will be implemented by the International Office and the School of Fisheries at the Marine Institute in partnership with the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA) and local Indonesian organizations, Kospermindo (Koperasi Serikat Pekerja Merdeka Indonesia) and LP3M (Lembaga Pengkajian Pedesaan, Pantai dan Masyarakat).

The project — INVEST Co-op Indonesia — is designed to improve the livelihoods of small farm producers in Indonesia, Malawi, Mongolia and Peru.

Its goal is to increase production, productivity and access to markets and financial services through integrated to implement the project.

As part of the program, aquaculture practices that are not only resilient to climate change, but also increase quality and yield of production will be introduced.

Projects such as this are not alone in the region. It will be interesting to follow as time progresses and the Indonesian aquaculture industry rises to challenge even that of the Thai, Vietnamese and, possibly, Chinese markets.-

Read more HERE.

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