Indonesia-Switzerland To Develop Fisheries Industrialization

Rabu, 12 Februari 2014 | 15:12

Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries (KKP) cooperates in transfer of knowledge with Switzerland to develop industrialization and open a wider access on Indonesia’s fisheries in global market.The cooperation worth US$4.5 million is contained in the economic development framework between Indonesian and Swiss government and is planned to be gradually performed through industrialization scheme of down streaming product, the development of processing industry, as well as the curriculum arrangement of fisheries education.

The ministry sets high target in line with the approval of the cooperation, by stipulating deep penetration to domestic market and setting growth number of export flow on Indonesia’s fisheries product to European Union countries which surpasses up to US$500 million in 2014, rose by the previous year of around US$480 million.

“There are seven commodities locations and industrial clusters which are prepared, yet we would focus on three commodities which include shrimp, tuna, and sea weed,” said Director General of Fisheries Product Processing and Marketing (P2HP) at the Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Saut Hutagalung, Tuesday (2/11).

He said the ministry is striving to enlarge the economic scale and business value on fisheries sectors which could be performed by the integration of fisheries business down streaming-up streaming. Therefore, he stated that the ministry will import raw materials whenever the industry requires it in order to meet the domestic and international need.

This is because the private sector role within the next five years will be more increasing in developing the economy. For this, he preferred to choose the processing industry which is more dominant than the raw materials, despite the fact that 75% of the fisheries exportation to European Union are still in the form of raw materials.

In order to achieve the industrialization and increase of exportation value, the ministry keeps socializing crucial information so that the required terms is fulfilled in the international market. “There are certification, quality guarantee, and product security which will become the required scheme to fulfill by the industry,” he said.

Continuity Aspect


On the other side, Switzerland Ambassador for Indonesia and Timor Leste Heinz Walker Nederkoorn said that Indonesia as the major player in fisheries should pay more attention to the continuity aspect.

He said the Switzerland as the consumer has a perspective which urges the producer to be more sensitive on global market approach, such as poverty and environment issues.

The cooperation, he said, is aimed to increase the quality of Indonesia’s fisheries product so that Indonesia could be more competitive not only to fulfill the domestic market but also to have wider opportunity in international market.

The Ambassador said one of the achievements made from the continuity plan is through the use of continuous maritime resources, food endurance, and contribution against global economy.

He said Indonesia as an archipelago country gives a key role to its fisheries sector for the economic development. The sector is not only absorbing workers but also reducing revenue disparity and developing economy to lower income society.

Thereby, he suggested the Indonesian government to be pay more attention to this sector. “The balanced economic development in economic transitional period among fisheries, agriculture, and services sectors,” he said. (t11)

by Arys Aditya,Renat Sofie