Tuesday, June 12, 2007

West Kalimantan Province will develop Barramundi Aquaculture

An Initiative to Learn From Australia How to Manage Modernized Aquaculture

The important factors in Fisheries and Aquaculture is the human resource, technology and research. The Australian Fisheries Academy (AFA) located at Adelaide, South Australia, has an important position in fulfilling the previous matters. The academy opens its arms to developing new network and cooperation with other institution. Therefore this opportunity was captured by the Governor of West Kalimantan, Indonesia named Usman Jafar.

The visit to the AFA by the Governor of West Kalimantan was accompanied by Head of Services, welcomed by Steve Mawer, the chairman of Aquaculture Council, South Australia. Also Mark Cody, the director of PT Lugay Samudera, was present at that moment.

The Barramundi (Lates calcalifer) itself is a favorite fish in the fish market. The request from Europe, Hongkong, Dubai, Hawai tends to increase. The price of Barramundi itself is around AUD 11 per kilogram.

Budi Hariyanto the head of Fisheries Service in West Kalimantan said that the opportunity to develop this aquaculture species is possible in the region, but probably the application of new technology is still unreachable since it is still expensive.

Mark Cody offers a cooperation if there are any investors interested. One of the main factors is the potential of the location of West Kalimantan which is relatively close to the world market (Japan, Abu Dhabi, Hongkong and Malaysia). Meanwhile the demand of the fish is also increasing.

Picture taken from Wikipedia.
News Source: Pontianak Post

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