Witnessed by Maritime & Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti and Banten Governor Rano Karno, Vice President Jusuf Kalla beats the gong to mark the opening of National Aquaculture Exhibition at Indonesia International Exhibition (ICE) center in Tangerang.
Mufid Elban | Banten-News | Business | Tangerang Regency, Banten
Vice President Jusuf Kalla, accompanied by regent A.Zaki Iskandar opened Aquaculture Exhibition at the Indonesian Convention Center in Bumi Serpong Damai satelite city, Pagedangan district, Tangerang regency on Thursday, Oct 29.
Zaki said brackish and fresh water aquaculture in the regency, which is completely financed from the regental administration’s annual budget has run well in line with the central govermnet program.
“Both brackish and fresh water aquaculture have been running well here across the regency but only the prolonged draught has recently affected the growth fresh water aquaculture,” Zaki said.
Zaki hope that with the development and the growth of brackish and fresh aquaculture that is in line with the central government program, the society should no longer depend on meat but consume fish as main source of food.
Meanwhile, Jusuf Kalla called on the society through the exhibition to consume fish as main daily food instead of meat.
“We have very long coastline and therefore aquaculture must go on because Indonesia had only developed 20 percent aquaculture out of the total potentials available in South East Asia,” Kalla said while adressing the opening of the exhibition.
Kalla confirmed that running aquaculture bisniss will certainly benefit fish local farmers because fish is a daily need of which the demand continues to increase.
Fishery and Maritime minister Susi Pudjiastuti said Indonesia currently still 100 percent depends on its natural resources that has come to a critical point today.
The government will only earmark Rp 1.6 trillion from the 2006 budget allocation for aquaculture on ground that we have to reduce dependence on natural resources.
In effort to increase the productivity in aquaculture, Indonesia has been colaborated with several coutries in Europe and Asia.
“We should not be interfered by other countries because Indonesia has its own principles and sovreignty. Neihgbouring countries that frequently commited illegal fishing in our waters must pay a respect to us and threrefore we take stern measures against foreign vessels caught red-handed stealing fish in our country,” she said.