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Indonesia plans to revitalise 300,000 hectares of fallow shrimp farms

18 December 2019, at 4:21pm

Indonesia has announced plans to bring over 300,000 hectares former shrimp farming ponds back into production, in a bid to improve its seafood yields without resorting to further deforestation of the country’s mangroves.

About 60 percent of the country’s shrimp ponds are currently fallow, and Alan Koropitan, a deputy in the office of the president’s chief of staff, told Mongabay that: “We must revitalise this area that’s abandoned or poorly managed… over the next five years.”

Indonesia has some of the largest shrimp farming areas in the world, but it is estimated that only 40 percent of the pond are currently in production
Indonesia has some of the largest shrimp farming areas in the world, but it is estimated that only 40 percent of the pond are currently in production

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One area that is being targeted for revitalisation is Bumi Dipasena, which is one of the largest areas of intensive shrimp farming in the world, with ponds covering 17,000 hectares of Sumatra’s Lampung province.

Earlier this month, Indonesia’s fisheries minister, Edhy Prabowo pledged to revive the area – which needs improvements to its transport infrastructure as well as the provision of more reliable electricity and clean water.

Other solutions touted for the area include introducing community-based management and phasing out top-down corporate control of the farms – as previously occurred under PT Central Proteina Prima, who operated under a partnership scheme with small-scale farmers.

According to Mongabay, at its peak Bumi Dipasena was producing 200 tonnes of shrimp a day.