Huge fisheries potential of Indonesia has not been balanced with high quality of human resources needed in the development of this sector. On the other hand, government policies have led to efforts to optimize to marine & fisheries sector by fishermen in order to achieve the ideals of Indonesia to become world maritime axis.
“The competitiveness of marine & fisheries human resources needs to be improved. Foreign vessels are no longer free to take our marine products, so that our nation should be the main actor in fisheries management, “said Deputy Chairman of Marine and Fisheries Department of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN Indonesia), Yugi Prayanto, in Jakarta, on Monday (March 2).
According to him, marine & fisheries human resource development must touch all aspects ranging from upstream to downstream. In other words, it is not limited to capability and traditional fishing activities, but also aquaculture ability and other management techniques. “We want the fishermen to not only be good at catching fish, but also to have skills. It would be better of these people become competent ship crews, ship captains or chief engineers. We also except that the aquaculture ability of our fishermen will develop, “he explained.
Yugi added that fisheries and marine education should be synergized with business or entrepreneurship through the implementation of special education & training and adequate training activities. “In the future, aquaculture should be a trend that can stimulate the development of innovations to be able to generate added value for this sector. The processing industry sector will require many workers who have specific skill. This is our challenge in the future for marine & fisheries human resources to be more competitive, “he said.
In relation to this, he admitted that his party has completed KADIN’s fisheries industry training in Seram Island, Maluku, where the development has been initiated since two years ago with an investment of IDR 7 billion. In the near future, his party will construct 7 fishing vessels for training weighing 300 gross tons. The objective of KADIN Indonesia in building these schools is an effort to improve skills at the young age the economic management of fisheries.
Through this education, he hoped that the younger generation will be interested in working in fisheries profession as skilled workers and entrepreneurs. Therefore, in the future, there will be a lot of competent young people engage in fisheries business. The enforcement of competency certification for extension workers and graduates should be given and appreciated. We hope that it will become the attention of the government, and hopefully the program can be accelerated so that our human resources will be better prepared in facing global competition, “he concluded.
Based on data from the Ministry of Industry, the national fish processing industry consist of 37 large-scale business units that absorb 62,000 workers, with an investment of IDR 1.5 trillion. National fish processing industry has an installed capacity of 339 thousand tons with 197 thousand tons of production capacity/year, resulting in a utilization of 58%. The problem faced by the fish processing industry, among others, the seafood industry, especially processed fish, which is in shortage of raw materials due to transshipment of fish in the sea. In addition, there is no Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) concerning standard mutual recognition with seafood export destination countries, so that many processed fish products are rejected by export destination countries.
To that end, the Ministry of Industry has arranged a fish processing industry development program that ensures the availability of raw materials; prepared skilled and competent human resources in the field of fish processing industry; improved technological mastery and innovation of fish processing technology; improved the efficiency of processing and quality assurance; coordinate the development of logistics system; and facilitated access to competitive financing for small and medium-scale fish processing industry. (E)
Business News - March 6, 2015