December 24, 2019

Indonesian ministry and FAO to develop low-cost catfish feed


The Maritime and Fishery Ministry and the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will develop a low-cost catfish (Pangasius Sp.) feed in Indonesia after a pilot project in South Sumatra this year yielded positive results, Antara reported.


Under the "Supporting Local Feed Self-Sufficiency for Inland Aquaculture in Indonesia" project, the ministry and FAO will train farmers to become self-reliant in producing low-cost, high-quality fish feed, the ministry's aquaculture director general, Slamet Soebjakto, noted in a statement.


Soebjakto explained that the project, costing US$257,000, aims to boost the production of Pangasius in Indonesia which is one of the world's biggest catfish producers.


"I believe the self-produced, low-cost fish feed will positively contribute to Pangasius production and its efficiency," he added.


By raising the yield, Soebjakto expects Indonesia to soon be able to export Pangasius to markets in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the United States.


The farmers' self-produced fish feed, made of silage and palm kernel milk, is of the same quality as the factory-made product, Soebjakto highlighted.


Following the positive result of the programme's pilot in South Sumatra, the ministry is looking forward to the FAO extending its assistance to Pangasius farmers in the country's other regions.


Soebjakto also urged local governments to offer financial support to Pangasius farmers by offering at least 10% subsidy in the fish feed production cost.