INDONESIA - The Indonesian government has set a target to achieve 31 million tons of fish from aquaculture by 2019, a two-fold increase compared to the current yearly production.
“In the next five years, the country aims to jack up fish farming production to 31.3 million tons per year, valued at Rp 365.8 trillion ($28.67 billion),” said Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Indroyono Soesilo.
Currently, the country produces only 13.3 million tons of fish from farming worth Rp 112.70 trillion, reports the JakartaPost.
Production comprises 22 million tons of seaweed and nine million tons of fish, Indroyono added.
To reach the target, the government will expand farming areas up to 26.80 per cent within the next five years from 10.80 per cent currently.
According to Indroyono, the government would focus on shrimp, ornamental fish, grouper and red snapper in oceanic fisheries, while freshwater fisheries would focus on edible nila, patin and catfish.
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