Business Sectors Need Electricity supply to develop shrimp aquaculture on islands
Reported by Setiawan Liu
Jakarta, January 12, 2020/Indonesia Media – Business sectors often find problems of insufficient infrastructure of electricity, including shrimp aquaculture on the islands with such economically disadvantaged condition. Besides that, shrimp aquaculture on the islands have always needed facilities such as cold storage, ice machine, etc. “If there is not enough electricity supply, we have to use genset (diesel generator). This is high cost. Besides that, the price of shrimp in both domestic and foreign markets are often fluctuating,” the President Director of PT. Manakara Sakti Abadi, Rudy Hartanto Wibowo (Lie Feng Cheng)
Anyway, Rudy is sure that Shrimp farmers are the backbone of the industry. If farmers are profitable, the industry will grow. There are unlimited opportunities as the industry is constantly learning, adapting to new constraints and improving for the betterment of the industry.
Indonesia has the greatest potential to develop aquaculture, especially shrimp farming. “PT Manakara use ‘foster parent’ scheme to keep good relationship with local farmers, including the one (shrimp farming) in Parigi Moutong (Central Sulawesi). We guide them (farmers) for around 10 years, after that they can stand by their own feet. We have earned profit,” said Rudy Hartanto.
Collaboration between private sectors and government should prioritize the development of electricity infrastructure and farmers empowerment. This will be helpful to overcome economic problems in disadvantaged areas ranging from unemployment, local inflation. Electricity will utilize renewable resources, namely photovoltaics (Pv). “when the price of shrimp is lower we have to keep the fish inside cold storage. I develop some shrimp farming, and the location in Parigi Moutong (the province of central Sulawesi) is equipped with an installation of premium electricity. Premium price is more expensive, namely Rp 350 (about 25 cents US Dollar) than regular tariff. In central Sulawesi, premium electricity has been provided,” said Rudy.
Besides Parigi Moutong, the company also cultivates shrimp farmings in another places; Tulungagung (east Java), Sejoli Randomayang (west Sulawesi), Sarjo Luwuk (Central Sulawesi). So far, the farming prioritizes to take prevention measures against shrimp diseases, including common vannamei illnesses. “When cultivating shrimp farming, we should not be careless. Our management, either in the field or in office have to keep solid teamwork. If only individual can show good performance, that won’t be effective for good yield,” said Rudy. (sl/IM)