Govt Develops Infrastructures To Boost Fisheries Industry

Kamis, 30 Januari 2014 | 09:32

The government will focus on the strengthening of fisheries infrastructure development such as port, cold storage provision, as well as fish market provision purchase as part of industrialization rapidity in fisheries along 2014.

Indonesian Minister for Maritime and Fisheries Cicip Sutardjo is optimistic to fisheries sector prospect in 2014. The optimism is taken based on the realization of six indicators which surpassed the target in 2013 among of them are economic scale on fisheries sector which reached IDR250 trillion and gross domestic product (GDP) of IDR50 trillion.

 “What needs to be done is fisheries business integration which could increase with significant productivity, value added and competitiveness increase,” he said, Tuesday (1/28.

Moreover he said the Ministry also tries to follow Law No.1/2014 which has been legalized and becomes the revision of Law No. 27/2007 concerning coast and small islands management.

According to him, there at least six things which could be optimized from the sector namely costal maritime tourism, sea transportation, fisheries product, under sea mineral, treatment and bio pharmacy, as well as food endurance.

Further he said the fisheries industrialization rapidity through the establishment of fisheries infrastructure such as port, cold storage, and fish market should be made as main concern.

Disaster Impact

In relation with the disaster impact happened on business players, he admitted there are less increase on fisheries product prices due to natural disaster and bad weather. Those, he said, hamper the distribution line that makes difficulties for business players and people to obtain fish.

He said various natural disasters and rain that destruct regions in Indonesia really affect the maritime and fisheries sectors production. Yet, he admitted there is still no certainty on loss amount caused by the disasters.

He said the extreme weather will still continue that causes the government could not ensure the loss amount. “The damage in Sumatra and Java North shore is caused by weather. I still could not ensure the loss amount due to the disasters,” he said.

According to the report as released on Monday (1/27), People’s Coalition for Fisheries Justice (Kiara) stated that the loss for fishermen, farmers, and coastal community has reached IDR100.99 billion due to bad weather in the initial of 2014.

The loss was taken by about 90,500 fishermen and farmers from 10 regencies spread in Java, Sumatra, Kalimantan, and Sulawesi.

“As a result, the food availability becomes scarce while the debt increases. Most fishermen urged themselves to sail in order to meet their families’ life need,” said the coalition’s report.

by Arys Aditya, Renat Sofie Andriani