Semarang, Central Java (ANTARA) - Acting governor of Central Java, Nana Sudjana, flagged off an export consignment of 20 tons of frozen shrimp to Melbourne, Australia, marking the province's first export of the commodity to the country.

"This is Central Java's first frozen shrimp export to Australia. This is a good thing for our export-import climate," he said after the send-off event at a warehouse belonging to PT Sumber Samudera Indonesia in Semarang, Central Java, on Thursday.

Sudjana noted that Central Java's marine resources are quite abundant and diverse, thereby, they have a positive impact on the fulfillment of the community's needs for food sources and nutrition.

He noted that fisheries and marine commodities are still found in excess so they can become mainstay export commodities.

According to him, the province's fishery and marine product performance has been very good. In 2023, the export volume of fishery and marine products reached approximately 78,800 tons, with their value pegged at Rp4.32 trillion (around US$272.44 million).

The volume of exports in 2023 reflected a 23.57-percent increase compared to 2022.

In 2023, the 10 main export destinations for Central Java's fishery and marine products were China, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, the United States, South Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and Thailand.

The main export commodities included Portunidae meat, squid, shrimp, and Layur (largehead hairtail) fish.

"We would like to thank PT Sumber Samudera Indonesia and other companies that have carried out exports with good performance," the acting governor said.

He expressed the hope that the company will not only improve the economy through export activities, but also generate benefits for the people, especially those living around the company.

He said that one of the efforts that can be made to achieve this is recruiting the local community.

"Use the existing CSR (corporate social responsibility programs) to help people in the company's environment. The help can be in the form of road or public facilities' construction. We also hope the issue of waste management receives attention," he remarked.

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