Thursday, June 21, 2007

2008 = Indonesian Fishery and Aquaculture Export will value at 2,3 Billion US$

The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries of Indonesia - MMAF (in indonesian language - Departemen Kelautan dan Perikanan) set a target for 2008 fishery and aquaculture export value of 2,3 Billion US$ from Indonesia . Freddy Numberi, the minister of MMAF in a meeting with the legislatives of Indonesia said that the value was calculated from an export volume of 1,6 million tons.

In the last two years, Indonesian export has experienced an increase, on 2006 for example, the earnings from this sector reached 2 Billion US$ for the first time. Freddy also explained that from 2004 - 2006 the export volume of Indonesia has increased 6,9%, while its value increase 8,26%. While on the periode of periode 2005-2006 the export volume increased from 857.782 ton becoming 1,01 million tons or from the value aspects increased 9,1 % becoming 2,09 billion US$. About the import of fishery, Freddy told that on 2005 the value was 155.619 dolar AS. Therefore the balance value of Indonesia is still in surplus.

Freddy explained that in the last two years the number of fisherman decreased up to 7,32%. The decrease of fisherman was a result of the increase of fuel price in the country. The increase of fuel price had a significant effect on the fishery sector because fuel is one of the important and the highest operational cost.

Nevertheless, the amount of aquaculture farmers increased 6,21 % in the same periode. From 2,45 million people in 2004 to 2,77 million people in 2006. This increase was caused because of the development of marine aquaculture especially sea weed culture which grows rapidly.

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