Commitment of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) to develop the industrialization program of marine and fisheries sector, continue to be improved. Among them, for commodities seaweed, CTF rebuild seaweed processing factory PT. Algae East Sumba Lestari (ASTIL) Tanamanang Village, District Pahunga Lodu, East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT).
According to the Director General of Aquaculture, Slamet Soebjakto, construction of the PT. ASTIL in East Sumba very precise. Seaweed processing plant is of great importance to accommodate the cultivation of seaweed around East Sumba particular and East Nusa Tenggara province in general. Establishment of PT. ASTIL very directly benefit society, especially because of the distance factor so as to reduce transportation costs. “The plant can produce seaweed chips as much as 2 tons / day of raw material 6 tons / day. Production capacity will be increased up to 10 tons / day. In 2012, this factory has been producing seaweed chips as much as 124 thousand kg and sold to several companies in the country, “he said.
East Sumba chosen, according to Slamet, because NTT East Sumba is one of the pilot areas minapolitan commodity seaweed. Statistics show that seaweed production in NTT Province in the year 2012 amounted to 398,000 tons. Of these, 1393.8 tons came from East Sumba. Therefore, the existence of the plant will be able to increase the added value of seaweed products. So the purpose of fisheries industrialization program that increases productivity, value added products and increase competitiveness and improve the welfare of the community, particularly in terms of employment and economic growth in the community. “The potential of seaweed farming land owned by East Sumba is quite large. This potential is expected to increase seaweed production that supports increased production nationally, “he said.
Slamet explained, seaweed processing plant establishment PT. ASTIL This is tangible evidence of synergy between sector performance. Where, for machine processing seaweed into chips, is help the Ministry of Industry. While CTF provides space and building processing factories. East Sumba government that will support the working capital. “Synergy performance like this should be passed on to other areas. So that the development will progress rapidly because of the encouragement given a boost with the all have the aim of improving public welfare through the marine and fisheries sector, “said Slamet.
Slamet added, in 2013, the CTF has established seaweed industrialization in 6 Provinces. That is the province of East Java, West Nusa Tenggara, East Nusa Tenggara, South Sulawesi, Central Sulawesi and North Sulawesi province. Accelerated increase in seaweed production through industrialization program in 2013, is targeted to produce as much seaweed is processed 1,214,299 tons. Moreover, of the industrialization program seaweed is able to absorb the amount of 37 807 farmers as RTP. “While employment in this sector will increase to 415 462 people with production value reached Rp 1,138 billion,” he said.