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Jakarta Post

Hurdles remain before aquaculture becomes way forward

  • Made Anthony Iswara


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Water world: A man feeds fish in an aqua cage built along the reservoir’s embankment.(JP/Arief Suhardiman)

Wendi, 25, said he could earn up to Rp 10 million (US$679) per month from farming one shrimp pond in his village at Serdang Bedagai, North Sumatra. He currently manages three ponds.   He said his current earnings were a stark contrast from his low earnings as a rice farmer five years ago. At the time, his friends taught him how to manage shrimp farms, which eventually led him to shrimp farming.   “Shrimp farming is decent because we can reap results every three months. I need to wait at least 7 months [to get results] from the rice harvest,” said Wendi, who plans to build a fourth pond soon.   Wendi is among other fisherfolk who have benefited from aquaculture – a fishing practice that involves breeding, rearing and harvesting of fish, prawns and other organisms in various water environments.   Aquaculture has been gaining tra...