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Report on a visit to Indonesia to conduct a review of the post harvest fisheries sector

Report on a visit to Indonesia to conduct a review of the post harvest fisheries sector

Ames, G. R., Gordon, Ann and Esser, J. R. (1988) Report on a visit to Indonesia to conduct a review of the post harvest fisheries sector. Technical Report. Overseas Development Natural Resources Institute, Chatham, UK.

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A review of post-harvest fisheries in Indonesia was undertaken for the Overseas Development Administration, by a fisheries technologist, a biologist, and an economist, during a five week visit in June and July 1988. The terms of reference were: to review post-harvest fisheries and donors' activities in the sector, and to identify a strategy for future ODA inputs. The marine fishery is the most important in terms of value, followed by tambak aquaculture (mostly shrimps and milkfish), and the inland capture fishery. Most of the harvest is sold in the domestic market as wet fish, dried fish, and pindang (fish cooked in brine). Exports of frozen shrimp, from the tambaks and the marine fishery, are becoming increasingly important. Additionally, there are exports of wet fish on ice to Singapore. The team considered that the greatest problem facing the sector is overfishing of the South Java Sea, resulting in operational fishing grounds being located at an ever increasing distance from the main markets on Java. This poses a challenge to resource management, both pre- and post-harvest. The former requiring resource surveys, and the latter, the identification of low-cost improvements to on-board handling, to ensure the supply of fish to Java's predominantly low income population. A study encompassing these aspects is proposed by the EC in collaboration with France; ODNRI, in consultation with ODA HO, will liase with the French technical agency (ORSTOM) to determine whether complementary inputs from ODNRI would be useful. A second area in which action is proposed is in reducing losses from insect infestation of sun-dried fish. Dried fish is an important protein source for low-income groups in Indonesia, and an area in which ODA could make an effective contribution. The use of household insecticides on drying fish in Indonesia has been widely publicised and the practice banned. The problem persists though, and the team recommends a follow-up programme to an existing project. The existing project has provided training to the staff of provincial quality control laboratories in loss assessment and reduction, including the use of a safe (and approved) insecticide - Minawet. Financial analysis of the use of Minawet and adoption trials will be undertaken during the final stages of the existing project. Subject to satisfactory results from these, a large-scale extension project is proposed, aimed at adoption of Minawet by fish processors. An additional element will be the provision of the necessary training and equipment in pesticide residue analysis, for the National Centre for Quality Control and Fish Processing.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indonesia, post-harvest, fisheries, aquaculture, market, export, shrimp, wet fish, dried fish, pindang, frozen shrimp, frozen fish, value chain analysis
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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