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Jakarta Post

Millions of fishermen still live in poverty

  • Agus Maryono

    The Jakarta Post

CILACAP   /   Wed, June 9 2010   /  12:21 pm

More than 90 percent of the country's 15.5 million fishermen are living below the poverty line due to an underdeveloped local fishing industry, an official from the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry says. The ministry's director general of fisheries, Dedy Heryadi Sutisna, said that his office was working to improve the situation. "We are now thinking hard about how to improve the living conditions and dignity of millions of fishermen in Indonesia so they can be as prosperous as fishermen in developed countries," he said during a recent official visit to Cilacap, Central Java. He said one strategy the ministry was considering was building economic development centers for fishery activities - called "Minapolitan Cities" - in a number of regions that have fishing communities. "The plan will certainly require the involvement of all stakeholders if it is to be realiz...