"Since the implementation of the PKN program in 2011, the traditional fishermens standard of living has improved significantly," Marine and Fisheries Minister Sharif Cicip Sutardjo said in a written statement made available to ANTARA News here on Saturday.
In light of this, he noted that the governments concern over fishermens welfare has so far gained tangible results.
The minister remarked that the government, through the PKN program, has continued to strengthen and improve the fishermens database so that aid can reach them on time.
"From the database of the fishermen, the government can acquire information on the characteristics of the poor families, so that aid can be provided on time," Sharif explained.
Besides, he noted that the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries has also strengthened cooperation with other government institutions and regional governments to record the number of underprivileged communities to help them.
Sharif pointed out that under the PKN program, the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries is determined to develop 816 fishing ports (PPs) and fish landing bases (PPIs).
The minister revealed that in 2011, 100 PPs/PPIs were developed, and the number had increased to 400 in 2012, which covered 1,426 villages with 112,037 targeted poor families.
In 2013, 200 PPs/PPIs were developed under the PKN program, and in 2014, the government will develop 116 PP/PPIs.