Jakarta – The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) appreciates the commitment of the implementation of sustainable cultivation in increasing national tilapia production by the company Regal Springs Indonesia (RSI). That way, sustainable benefits for the community economy can be felt. KKP hopes that this commitment can also be carried out by all companies and communities that do fish farming.
Director General of Aquaculture, Slamet Soebjakto, conveyed this in a press statement shortly after representing the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Susi Pudjiastuti, giving a speech at the launch of the brand “Regal Spring Indonesia” and the “We Care” Program in Jakarta on Friday (6/6 / 2019).
The appreciation refers to the success of RSI which is the largest producer of tilapia / tilapia in the world and is able to fully implement the principles of good fish farming (CBIB), as well as waste management and increase added value in tilapia cultivation with KJA in Lake Toba, North Sumatra and other regions in Indonesia through its subsidiary PT Aquafarm Nusantara.
For this success, RSI has successfully certified Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and Best Aquaculture Practice (BAP) so that its products can be exported to international markets such as the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia. In addition, economically RSI has succeeded in creating jobs in Indonesia.
“We recognize the quality of premium tilapia products with international certification and standards produced by PT. “Aquafarm can be a good example to guarantee the acceptance of Indonesian fish products in the international market,” said Slamet Soebjakto, when reading the Minister of KP’s speech.
For Information, RSI is a Swiss company engaged in the fish cultivation business. The company is able to engage disadvantaged people in the area around its business, thus providing opportunities for local people to have a decent income and livelihood. Until now, the RSI has the effect of providing jobs by absorbing more than 4,000 workers throughout Indonesia.
Commitment to the implementation of sustainable cultivation and the safety of aquaculture products by the government and stakeholders such as those carried out by RSI said Slamet managed to get international appreciation.
“Regarding the safety of aquaculture products, we can inform you that the results of the DG Sante audit from the European Union in 2018 concluded that there were no major findings in the aquaculture production process, so the EU auditor team expressed appreciation for the Indonesian government’s efforts to convince European consumers “continued Slamet Soebjakto.
For that, Slamet continued, the Indonesian government continues to develop the IndoGAP certification system and residual monitoring that can guarantee the quality of aquaculture products and increase acceptance in the international market.
On that occasion, Slamet also conveyed the government’s policy in foreign investment cooperation, namely investors conducting partnerships with Indonesian stakeholders , not only based on corporate based, but there was community empowerment, so that there was an economic share to surrounding communities that would guarantee the sustainability of aquaculture businesses and not trigger social jealousy.
According to Slamet, Indonesia’s potential for freshwater cultivation is still very large and has not been utilized optimally. This can be a business opportunity. However, it must be carried out sustainably, responsibly, and not damage the environment.
Regarding business sustainability, the same thing was also conveyed by the Swiss Ambassador to Indonesia, Kurt Kunz, He hoped the RSI would always maintain water quality and the cultivation environment. “I want the production and exports of the RSI to be increased,” said Kurt Kunz.
Kunz also expressed his appreciation for the good cooperation with the KKP in SMART Fish Indonesia activities, increasing the acceptability of Indonesian tuna, catfish and seaweed products in the world.
Meanwhile, CEO of PT Aquafarm Nusantara, Sammy Hamzah, expressed his pride in Indonesian tilapia products.
Based on the CTF data, during the period 2015 – 2018, national tilapia production increased by 12.85 percent, which was 1.084 million tons (2015) respectively; 1,114 million tons (2016); 1,265 tons (2017); and 1.185 million tons (2018). The provinces that have traditionally become centers of tilapia cultivation are West Java, South Sumatra, West Sumatra, North Sulawesi, and North Sumatra.