KKP Encourages Opportunities of the Sustainable Catfish Cultivation Industry
Posted By : 2018/11/09 14:27:49

The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) encourages a strategy to develop a sustainable catfish cultivation industry. This is to boost production to meet the consumption needs of catfish, including to expand export market access to several countries. To boost national catfish production, Slamet Soebjakto, Director General of Aquaculture, revealed that there were at least 3 (three) main strategies in the effort to develop a sustainable catfish cultivation industry.

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First, developing a scale of aquaculture into a sustainable technology-based industry. According to him this industrialization must be driven holistically through the development of seed industry, enlargement production systems, development of more efficient production inputs, independent feed and fish processing industries.

He also said that cultivation technology innovation has now developed progressively. He gave an example, at the hatchery level the technology of the Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) has been pushed for catfish commodities. This technology has actually been able to boost productivity up to 100 times more than conventional, besides being more environmentally friendly, and efficient in water and land use. Industrialization of seedlings is very important to ensure the availability of quality seeds on an ongoing basis.

In addition, bioflok catfish technology has been shown to increase cultivation productivity. Bioflok has also been able to lift the image of catfish as a product that is very accepted in the community. Recently, KKP has collaborated with LIPI to implement ultrafine micro bubble generator technology. This technology is also able to improve livelihoods and productivity significantly and can be effectively applied to catfish cultivation.

Therefore, according to Imza, the chairman of the Indonesian Catfish Entrepreneur Association (APCI),  to reach this opportunity, entrepreneurs must begin to understand the importance of obtaining certification of Good Fish Cultivation (CBIB) in order to be able to penetrate into the export market. "CBIB is absolute as a condition to penetrate exports and improve product competitiveness. The potential of the catfish industry in the future is very open. Next month, APCI members will also promote catfish products

If our orientation is to export, according to him, this competitiveness needs to be improved, namely by continuing to encourage businesses to improve quality assurance and food security. "Technology standardization and CBIB certification will continue to be encouraged. So catfish have a positive image, thus increasing consumer preferences. Moreover, export destination countries must implement rigid quality requirements. So we must be ready, "he added. Another important strategy is to encourage production efficiency, especially how farmers get access to efficient production inputs.

"Earlier it was said that manufacturers' feed prices continued to crawl due to the strengthening of the dollar exchange rate against the rupiah, even though feed is the highest compiler of production costs, which is around 70-75 percent. In this condition, it must start using independent feed to increase profit margins. We have studied, it turns out that the quality of independent feed is not far behind with factory feed. "Using independent food from farmers can save costs of around 4-5 thousand per kg," said Slamet.

Therefore, he hopes that business meeting moments should be a place to strengthen cooperation among stakeholders, including how to formulate a strategy version of business actors that can later be elaborated with the CTF's policies.


This article’s citing an article in news.kkp.go.id with the title “Tangkap Peluang Ekspor, KKP Dorong ke Arah Industri Budidaya Lele Berkelanjutan”