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Improving Welfare of Fish Cultivators
Posted By : 2018/10/15 18:43:23

Data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) shows that the micro-economic performance of the aquaculture fisheries sub-sector has improved, as can be seen from the Fish Cultivator Exchange Rate (NTPi) and the Fish Cultivator Business Value (NTUPi) growing positively throughout 2018. The positive trends of NTPi and NTUPi growth provide an overview Fish farming business that is involved in the community shows an increase in business profits and is more visible.

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For the period July 2018, for example, NTPi's value reached 100.58 or corrected to grow by 0.88 percent compared to the same month in 2017 which reached 99.7. The achievement of NTPi in July 2018 is the highest value since January 2015. This condition indicates an increase in income accompanied by an improvement in purchasing power among fish cultivating communities. Fish cultivator income for example increased by 8.9 percent from Rp3.03 million per month in 2016 to around Rp3.3 million per month in 2017.

In terms of the performance of fish farming business, BPS also noted Fish Cultivator Business Exchange Rate (NTUPi) in the period July 2018 reached 111.55 or corrected to grow by 0.88 percent compared to the same month in 2017 which reached 110.57. This condition also indicates that the fish farming business that is carried out is more efficient, and influences the increase in value added profits that are cultivated by fish farmers. On the other hand, the capacity of fish cultivator business is also getting stronger.

The Director General of Aquaculture, Slamet Soebjakto in his statement in Jakarta on Tuesday (8/23) said that the trend of improving NTPi and NTUPi illustrates that the aquaculture business climate is getting better and has a real positive impact on the welfare of fish farmers. A positive business climate, according to him, was also triggered by more efficient production and selling prices of cultivated products that tended to improve in various regions.

According to Slamet, since the beginning of the Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, he felt concerned about the low income of farmers due to the lack of efficiency of aquaculture production. Therefore, as a follow-up, the KKP focuses on working on aquaculture with the main target of how to improve production efficiency and the added value of profits that are cultivated by fish farmers.

"We underlined that the achievement of NTPi for the July 2018 period which was corrected more than 100, is a positive achievement. I think this is a benchmark for the positive impact of various strategic programs of the CTF that directly touch fish farmers, such as production input support, independent feed movement program (Gerpari), technology development such as biofloc and Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS); Minapadi, seed support and other support that has now developed in various regions, "said Slamet.

Independent feed has been able to reduce feed input costs by at least 30%. Meanwhile, the use of RAS technology can also reduce Food Conversion Ratio (FCR) in fish to <1 compared to conventional systems that reach 1.5, this is because the metabolism in the fish body and the environment is better, thus the production cost is more efficient.

 

This article has been published in news.kkp.go.id with the title “Kesejahteraan Pembudidaya Ikan Kian Membaik