Give Positive Support to Keramba Community, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Appreciates Pertamina

Pontianak, February 23, 2022 – Pontianak, one of the big cities on the island of Borneo, is a busy trading center in goods and services. With a population of more than half a million people, the economy of Pontianak City is one of the largest contributors to the APBD in West Kalimantan Province. Located in the estuary of the Kapuas River, the longest river in Indonesia, various economic potentials are growing along the Kapuas River. Such as the Keramba, a floating fish cage that stretches from upstream to downstream of the Kapuas River. Some of those existing cages are privately owned, while some are group-owned.

The keramba community, a fostered group from the Pertamina Patra Niaga Integrated Terminal CSR Pontianak, was visited by Dr. Lilly Aprilya Pregiwato, S.Pi., M.Si as Head of the Marine and Fisheries Training and Extension Center, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the Republic of Indonesia at the Kuini Berjaya People's Hatchery Unit located in Sungai Jawi Luar Village, Pontianak City on Wednesday (16/02).

During her visit, Lilly asked about the history of this group formation until it got the CSR program. Nasrun, one of the group leader representatives, stated that in the past, they have traditional floating fish net cages under their stilt houses. However, thanks to assistance from Pertamina, the keramba are currently growing.

Furthermore, Waskito Nugroho, the CDO of Pertamina Patra Niaga Integrated Terminal Pontianak, who accompanied this program, explained that based on the results of the social mapping carried out by Pertamina in early 2017, he saw that there were problems, potentials, and needs in the fishing groups. Then in the implementation of CSR program assistance implementation, Pertamina has always helped in developing these cages.

On this occasion, Waskito explained Pertamina's assistance and support for this keramba community to Lilly. "Since 2017, Pertamina has assisted three keramba, one unit of guarding post and feeding warehouse, and one package of hatchery (fish egg hatching). Pertamina has also given one package of freezer and fish processing package such as spinner, blender, mixer, waring to cover the cages, repairing cages, and group knowledge and skills training," he explained enthusiastically.

With support from Pertamina, the community can sell 20-100 kg of fish in a day with a minimum price of IDR 27,000 - 31,000 depending on the fish market price. Therefore in a year, it can be projected that the community can target to sell fish worth 81-115 million rupiah. With the assistance provided by Pertamina, the results are promising. Lilly expresses her deepest gratitude to Pertamina and hopes that activities like this will continue to be developed in the future. Lilly hopes that Pertamina Patra Niaga Integrated Terminal Pontianak CSR fostered group will not stop on this development. It includes a fishing village, the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs, and the Fisheries project. "This program is good to collaborate with the program from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries in the future," Lilly hoped.

Head of the Pontianak City Food Agriculture and Fisheries Service, Bintoro, said that Pertamina was a strategic partner for fishery development in Pontianak City. "We collaborate and help in carrying out community empowerment activities, especially in groups like Kuini Berjaya," while confirming Lilly's hope. Not to forget, Bintoro expressed his highest appreciation to Pertamina for carrying out community empowerment activities in the Kapuas River Basin with its positive activities and support.

Susanto August Satria, Area Manager Comm, Rail & CSR of Pertamina Patra Niaga Regional Kalimantan, said that the sustainable empowerment of the CSR program is a strategic plan of the company, according to the government's program through the Sustainable Development Goals in points 8 and 14. Point 8 talks about the goals of Promoting Inclusive and Sustainable Economic Growth, Productive and Comprehensive Job Opportunities, and Decent Work for All. Meanwhile, the objective in point 14 talks about conserving and sustainably utilizing marine and ocean resources for sustainable development.**

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