INDONESIA - The Indonesian government, through the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMFA), will continue to increase exports of fish products and boost commercial fishing in an effort to expand the fishery industry at home.
According to MMFA Secretary General Sjarief Widjaja, his ministry has this year set a production target of 20.95 million tons of fish, with an expected export of $5.65 billion, reports AntaraNews.
"The production target consists of 6.08 million tons of catch fish and 13.97 million tons of cultured fish," Mr Widjaja said in a written statement early this month.
The secretary general stated that to develop the fishing industry, the MMFA initially based its efforts on economic, ecological and technological approaches. Yet now it has included social approaches to assist in reaching its production target.
He said that to meet its goals, the MMFA had set a number of top priorities in its fishery production programmes that it needs to carry out in 2014. It is seeking fish consumption at 38 kg per capita per year, a fishery gross domestic production (GDP) increase by 7.25 per cent and an export target of $5.65 billion.
The export target in 2014, worth $5.65 billion, increased from fish exports in 2013 that stood at $4.9 billion. Fisheries export value in 2013 also increased, if compared to previous years.
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