The Jakarta Post
State-owned fishery company Perum Perindo is set to export 15 tons of octopus to Japan to boost its revenue as trade activities weaken during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Perum Perindo operational director Arief Goentoro said Thursday that the fishery products would be exported to an unidentified company in Japan, making them the third batch of octopus exports to the same firm.
The first and the second batch were sent in November 2019 and February 2020. In every batch, Perindo has shipped 15 tons of octopus sourced from 100 fishermen in the Natuna regency off the northwest coast of Borneo.
“This octopus is the product of our fish processing unit [UPI] in Natuna. From Natuna, the octopus is shipped to Jakarta before getting exported to Japan,” said Arief on Thursday.
The octopus will be exported in April to Japan through Nizam Zachman fishery port in North Jakarta. One container of octopus is valued at US$ 75,150.
State-owned fishery company Perum Perindo staffs load octopus for exports to Japan at the Nizam Zachman fishery port in North Jakarta in this undated photo. (Perum Perindo/Handout)
Arief said the octopus export to Japan was part of a collaboration between the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, the Natuna regional government and Perum Perindo.
Octopus is among Indonesia’s aquaculture products favored by the international market. Since 2017, fishery products from the fish processing unit in Natuna, under Perum Perindo assistance, has been exported to several countries, such as Singapore and Japan.
Apart from octopus, other exported products from the Natuna fish processing unit are snapper, anggoli and kurisi.
Perum Perindo recorded $4.45 million export transaction value with Japan in 2018, with 298.7 tons in marine products shipped. Japan is one of Perum Perindo’s biggest shipment destinations apart from the United States and the Middle East, in addition to European countries.
The export activities are expected to help Perum Perindo reach its revenue target of Rp 1.05 trillion, aiming to produce 28,500 fish and other sea products. Of the total production target, most are expected to come from the company’s trade line at 25,003 tons, 2,013 tons from its fishing line and 1,484 tons from its cultivation line. (roi)