Biak Numfor Regency Begins Exports of Fishery Products to Singapore
The regional government of Biak Numfor regency in Papua province through the Integrated Marine and Fisheries Center (SKPT) has successfully made the first export of fishery products to neighboring Singapore.
“I’d like to appreciate the effort made by Biak Numfor regional government despite the COVID-19 pandemic. We need to make the most of the fishery potential of this regency,” Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said in his virtual remarks at the export launching, Saturday (28/08).
For the record, the export commodities are, among others, 150 kilograms of tuna loin, 350 kilograms of crab, and 30 kilograms of lobster.
The shipment of export commodities was dispatched directly to the destination country through the regency’s International Airport Frans Kaisiepo.
“Today we shipped 28 tons of marine and fishery commodity exports from Biak Numfor via Sriwijaya Air cargo planes. This is a great commitment to move forward and to work hand-in-hand to realize a Resilient Indonesia,” the Minister said.
Luhut also said that export volume and value could be further increased in the future while maintaining the quality of the products.
“We could do it in parallel to explore new markets such as Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shenzhen,” he added.
In the meantime, Biak Numfor Regent Herry Ario Naap said that the fisheries sector is the flagship and mainstay of the regency and the Cenderawasih / Saireri bay area.
“The inaugural export launch shows that the Biak Numfor regional government will continue to export fishery commodities for the long run, especially those with high export values such as tuna, crab, and lobster,” Herry said.
On the occasion, Director General of Marine and Fishery Products Competitiveness Support (PDSPKP) of Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Artati Widiarti said the regency could become an export hub for fishery products from the Papua region, such as Nabire, Jayapura, Serui, and Bintuni.
Artati also encouraged the participation of local fishermen to participate in fulfilling the export needs.
“I hope the Central Government, regional governments, and the private sector will work in synergy in fostering fishermen to produce export quality products,” Artati said. (PR of Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment/PR of Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries/UN) (GWH/EP)