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JAKARTA, 6th September, 2022 (WAM) -- The World Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) supports the government of the Republic of Indonesia in developing environmentally friendly sustainable cultivation to preserve aquatic ecosystems and increase national fishery production, reported Indonesia news agency (ANTARA).

"One of the KKP Blue Economy strategies is the development of environmentally friendly aquaculture, especially for shrimp, lobster, crab, seaweed, and fish with high economic value such as grouper and snapper," said Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono in a statement on Tuesday.

Minister Trenggono, who held a bilateral meeting with the Director-General of FAO Qu Dongyu in Rome, Italy, on Monday, said the sustainable cultivation policy also aims to reduce fishing activities at sea, especially for certain types of fish. Thus, fishermen no longer depend on catches as their only source of income, and fish populations in the sea are maintained.

To strengthen sustainable aquaculture policies, Indonesia through the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) also encouraged the use of feed that does not damage the environment and replaces it with vegetable raw materials. An example that has been done is using magot as a raw material for feed.

"We continue to innovate to provide environmentally friendly feed. This is very important because currently most of the feed raw materials still depend on marine products, while the aim of developing aquaculture is to reduce catches in the sea," he said.

Director-General of Aquaculture KKP TB Haeru Rahayu said from the development of sustainable aquaculture, the Government of Indonesia is one of the targets of national shrimp production of 2 million tons by 2024. Production results are to meet the needs of domestic shrimp as well as global markets.

Meanwhile, FAO Director-General appreciated Indonesia's strategic steps to develop sustainable cultivation. Indonesia as an archipelagic country, he said, has very large marine and fishery resources as well as the potential of its human resources.

He said cultivation is the future of the fisheries sector to encourage the country's economic growth as well as local and global food security. FAO predicts that the world's protein needs will increase by 70 percent by 2050 as the human population grows.

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