Friday, 14 December 2018 | 22:42 WIB

First Exports of 30 Tons of Frozen Octopus to Japan

Processed frozen octopus product. (KKP News)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Indonesia through State-Owned Enterprise PT Perikanan Nusantara (Perinus) has been exporting as many as 30 tons of octopus commodities in the form of processed raw materials that have been frozen through the Port of Makassar to the Ibaraki Prefectural Port of Japan.

"We hope PT Perinus can utilize the octopus processing equipment assisted by JICA to improve the quality and value added of octopus products in South Sulawesi in particular, and Indonesia in general," said Director General for Strengthening Competitiveness of Marine and Fisheries Products at Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (MMAF) Nilanto Perbowo, in a press release received in Jakarta, Sunday (05/14/2017).

Nilanto Perbowo also appreciated that in 2017, PT Perinus also targets to export up to 1,000 tons of frozen octopus to Japan.

Also present in the launching of first exports of processed frozen octopus on Thursday (05/11) in addition to Nilanto were Head of Research and Human Resources Agency of Marine and Fisheries (BRSDMKP) Zulficar Mochtar, South Sulawesi Governor Syahrul Yasin Limpo along with the hierarchies, President Director of PT Perinus Makassar Dendi Anggi Gumilang and board of commissioners, business players, associations of fishermen/cultivators in Makassar.

This export is a follow-up of Indonesia's cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

As operator, PT Perinus has succeeded in processing the frozen octopus with export quality so that it can do the prime export to Ajirushi Company in Japan, a private company appointed by JICA in an octopus processing cooperation with MMAF. (*)