Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Marine Affairs and Fishery Ministry (KKP) develops tilapia cultivation in Papua under the efforts to boost the national fishery production, Aquaculture Director General at the ministry Tb Haeru Rahayu noted through a statement, Friday.

"Papua has a very vast land potential, including in Jayapura, and it is suitable for the development of tilapia cultivation," he remarked.

Moreover, Papua residents' consumption demand of tilapia is very high, and this is expected to boost production and the economy in Jayapura and Papua, in general.

The development of tilapia cultivation is expected to increase national tilapia production that is targeted to reach around two million tons in 2023.

Moreover, this cultivation is expected to meet the market demand for this commodity that has also increased.

Tilapia is not only produced for local consumption but also for the purpose of exports, especially to the United States. It is exported in the form of fillets.

Rahayu, frequently known as Tebe, also noted that the tilapia cultivation business currently remains one of the businesses that several Indonesians are interested in.

This is since managing the cultivation is relatively easy, and the species has good immunity against diseases.

Tilapia is one of the fish species resilient to diseases, and raising them only takes about three to four months, he explained.

"This commodity is very suitable for the cultivation business because it is very promising, and the opportunity to make a profit is bigger," he elaborated.

Meanwhile, Marine Affairs and Fishery Minister Wahyu Trenggono also noted through the statement that the ministry will develop a pilot project of 10 integrated advanced fishing villages located around fishery zones.

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Translator: Sinta Ambarwati, Fadhli Ruhman
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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