Lingga and Karimun's Potential to Develop Seaweed Cultivation

Lingga and Karimun

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Tanjungpinang, Batamnews - Governor Ansar Ahmad considers that two regencies in the Riau Islands (Kepri), Lingga and Karimun, can produce 32,000 tons of seaweed in one harvest.

According to Ansar, seaweed cultivation is an attractive business. High seaweed production is expected to improve the people's welfare in Lingga and Karimun.

"We hope that the collaboration with companies in Singapore in seaweed management can provide great benefits for the fishermen groups in Lingga and Karimun," said the Governor in Tanjungpinang, as Antara reported Tuesday (1/11/2022).

Meanwhile, the Head of Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan Kepulauan Riau or Riau Island DKP (DKP - Marine and Fisheries Service), TS Arif Fadillah, added 32,000 hectares of land had been prepared for seaweed cultivation in Lingga and Karimun.

Based on the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment analysis, the seaweed habitat in Indonesia reaches 1.2 million hectares, one of which is on the coast of the Riau Islands.

The projected demand for seaweed from countries in the Asia Pacific, which is the largest commodity market, will reach 23.4 billion US dollars by 2027.

"Currently, the price of dried seaweed is IDR 25,000 per kilogram. 1 hectare has the potential to produce 1 ton of seaweed. You can imagine how much income can be obtained from selling dried seaweed from 32,000 hectares of land on the coast of Lingga and Karimun," he said.

Arif said Governor Ansar Ahmad and Executive Director of Green Pickles PTE. LTD Cheng Liang Kheng today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the development of the seaweed industry in Lingga and Karimun. The agreement will create cooperation in seaweed management in Lingga and Karimun.

"So far, the seaweed cultivation area has been managed by fishermen groups, but the production is still low," he said.

(NF)
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