The Jakarta Post
Indonesia has started exports of frozen octopus to Japan through state-owned fishery firm Perinus, which has sent 30 tons of frozen octopus to Ibaraki Prefecture port from Makassar, South Sulawesi, since last week.
The move is a follow-up of a cooperation agreement between Indonesia and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries director general Nilanto Perbowo said as reported by kompas.com on Sunday.
Perinus targets to export 1,000 tons of frozen octopus to Japan this year through Ajirushi Company, a private company appointed by JICA for the agreement.
“We hope that Perinus can use the octopus processing device from JICA to maintain quality and to increase prices of octopus-based products from South Sulawesi and other Indonesian regions,” Nilanto said, adding that the ministry would continue to assist Perinus and fishermen to catch more octopuses in a sustainable way.
Assistance from the government will include ways to increase catch and methods in processing octopuses that meet international export quality.
“We hope the octopus will be one of Indonesia’s main export products in the future,” she said. (ecn/bbn)