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Jakarta Post

Fisheries industry books solid performance as minister bids farewell

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 11, 2019   /  03:53 pm
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (center) accompanied by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti (second right) meets with fishermen at the State Palace in Jakarta in May, 2018.(Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

Indonesia’s fisheries industry recorded five years of solid performance as of the first half under Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Susi Pudjiastuti’s administration, which is slated to end later this month when the minister is expected to leave office. The value of Indonesia’s fisheries industry was worth Rp 62.24 trillion (US$4.43 billion) as of the second quarter,  a 6.2 percent increase from Rp 58.58 trillion in the same period last year. The industry’s growth was higher than that of the country’s gross domestic product of 5.05 percent and the agricultural sector of 5.33 percent in the same period. “We hope that, with the revision of the ministerial regulation, these [fisheries-related] values will increase because they are based on commodity prices in 2014,” Minister Susi...