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Jakarta Post

Empowering fishermen through technology, training

  • Winny Tang

    The Jakarta Post

JAKARTA   /   Thu, April 11, 2019   /  12:40 pm
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Fishermen unload a tuna fish from a boat at Ulee Lheu Port in Banda Aceh, Aceh(Antara/Irwansyah Putra)

  The government aims to improve the welfare of Indonesian fishermen through digital technology by collaborating with a start-up technology company amid challenges in the fisheries industry. Through the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, the government has introduced a program that includes training and workshops for at least 1 million fishermen in 300 coastal areas or cities around Indonesia. “The 1-million independent fishermen program is very important and has to be carried out. This includes ship repairs and painting and the dissemination of information regarding the use of FishOn technology,” said Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan. The program is supported by mobile phone-based application FishOn in cooperation with state-owned PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia. The app offers useful features for fishermen, including Fis...