Daily Archives: January 19, 2020

Fishery Ministry eyes for 10.99 million tons seaweed yield in 2020

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia’s Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries increases a seaweed production target in 2020 to 10.99 million tons, from 9.9 million tons in 2019, a director general said in a statement here, on Sunday.

The ministry has prepared initiatives and strategies for the next five years to raise seaweed production which covers 60.7 percent of the total fishery yield in the country, Director General of Aquaculture, Slamet Soebjakto stated in Jakarta, Sunday.

The strategy launched by the ministry aims to assure the quality and quantity of the seaweed yield this year, as the it has been part of the country’s top export commodity.

“The Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry has committed to increase seaweed exports as an effort to support Indonesia’s economy growth,” Soebjakto remarked.

According to records of UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2019, Indonesia is the world’s largest producer for Eucheuma or gusA (Eucheuma cottonii), a type of seaweed algae that commonly used as raw materials for carrageenan, an ingredient for cosmetics, food and drinks, as well as industrial manufacturing.

Indonesia also covers at least 80 percent of market share of seaweed trade in global market with China ranked first as top export destination for the product.

However, the ministry plans to increase added-value of Indonesia’s seaweed by restricting export of raw seaweed this year, Soebjekto remarked.

He expounded the ministry will increase exports more semi-refined carrageenan and refined carrageenan by 50 percent this year, as for the past years the raw seaweed export to China had reached nearly 80 percent.

Source: Antara News

Sigi’s sunday market reopened after being destroyed by 2018 earthquake

Sigi, C Sulawesi (ANTARA) – The residents of Bulubete Village in Dolo Selatan Subdistrict, Sigi District, Central Sulawesi Province, who severely suffered from the impact of a deadly earthquake on Sept 28, 2018, now can sale and purchase goods and staple food again at their Sunday Market.

Andi Ilham, assistant for administration affairs at the Sigi District Government, officially announced the resumption of this traditional market on Sunday.

The resumption of this market activities is expected to boost the local people’s economy through distribution of goods and business activities, he said.

The Sunday Market is not just visited by Bulubete villagers for trading goods and staple food but also those from other villages, such as Walatana, Rogo, Bangga, and Baluase.

Sigi District is one of the areas in Central Sulawesi which was severely hit by the 7.4-magnitude earthquake and tsunami. The other disaster areas were also located in the city of Palu and the districts of Donggala and Parigi Moutong.

The Central Sulawesi earthquake and tsunami claimed 2,102 lives, injured 4,612, and rendered 680 others missing. A total of 68,451 homes were seriously damaged, and 78,994 people were displaced.

Due to a large number of rotting corpses, the authorities and humanitarian workers decided to bury them in mass graves.

Meanwhile, material losses inflicted by the twin deadly disasters were estimated to reach Rp15.29 trillion.

The provincial capital of Palu took the brunt of the disaster, with material damage and losses recorded at Rp7.6 trillion, or 50 percent of the total estimate, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB).

The material damage and losses in Sigi district were recorded at Rp4.9 trillion, or 32.1 percent, Donggala district at Rp2.1 trillion, or 13.8 percent, and Parigi Moutong district at Rp631 billion, or 4.1 percent.

The material damage in the four affected areas reached an estimated Rp13.27 trillion, while the material losses reached approximately Rp2.02 trillion, the agency revealed in October 2018.

Source: Antara News

Bintan police curb illegal sand mining sites

Tanjungpinang, Riau Islands (ANTARA) – The Bintan District police have curbed all illegal sand mining sites in Galang Batang and Malang Rapat areas of Gunung Kijang Subdistrict in Riau Islands Province.

“There are no more illegal sand miners in the areas,” Bintan Police Chief Adjunct Sen.Coms.Boy Herlambang told journalists in Bintan on Sunday.

The local police had enforced law against the illegal sand miners in the areas since four days ago in which their equipment for sucking the sand had been confiscated.

Accompanied by the neigborhood leaders, the local police officers enforced the law against those running the illegal sand mining sites, he said.

The on-duty policemen found two large mining sites which had ponds. As part of the law enforcement, the police officers sealed them.

According to several workers at the illegal mining sites, the sand was sucked from the ponds to be then loaded to trucks.

Herlambang quoted the Gunung Kijang subdistrict administration’s data as revealing that there are 26 sand miners in Galang Batang and Malang Rapat’s areas.

The illegal mining activities have often been blamed to contribute to the causes of environmental damages which result in landslides and flash floods in various parts of Indonesia.

In this context, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) highlighted the importance of curbing illegal gold mining activities to help prevent the recurrence of natural disasters in the future.

During his visit to Banjar Irigasi Village in Lebak Gedong Subdistrict, Lebak District, Banten Province, on January 7, 2020, President Jokowi instructed the local authority to put a halt to the illegal gold mining.

He argued that the illegal mining activities had fueled deforestation in Banten Province to avoid the relapse of flash floods in future.

“In Lebak District, Banten, we can see forest encroachment for illegal mining. I have ordered the governor and district head to stop this,” Jokowi remarked in Banjar Irigasi Village, Lebak Gedong Sub-district, in Banten on Jan 7.

Flash floods that struck Lebak District on Wednesday (Jan 1) claimed 10 lives and damaged 19 schools in six districts in addition to wrecking 1,410 houses.

Source: Antara News

W Java’s fatal tourist bus accident under police’s investigation

Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) – Investigators of the National Police’s Traffic Directorate join an investigation into the causes of a deadly tourist bus accident in Ciater Subdistrict, Subang District, West Java Province, on Saturday which claimed the lives of its driver and seven passengers.

The National Police investigators had begun their field investigation at the site of the PO Purnamasari Bus accident which also injured 30 other passengers on Sunday, Director of the West Java Police’s Traffic Directorate Sen.Coms.Eddy Djunaedi said.

Speaking to journalists here on Sunday, he said the West Java police investigators would work with their colleagues from the National Police by implementing the Traffic Accident Analysis (TAA) method in an endeavor to uncover the causes of the accident.

The fatal bus accident took place on a descending road of Palasari Village, Ciater Subdistrict in Subang District on Saturday at around 5 p.m. local time after the driver of PO Purnamasari Bus with license plate E 7508 W failed to control his vehicle.

The ill-fated bus which headed to Tangkuban Parahu tourist destination from Depok city, West Java, by carrying 58 passengers then turned upside down when passing by the descending road, killing eight people and injuring 30 others.

Indonesia has experienced several fatal bus accidents from December 2019 to January 2020.

On December 23, 2019, a passenger bus plying on the Bengkulu-Palembang route plunged into an 80-meter-deep ravine in the Liku Lematang area of Perahu Dempo Village, Pagaralam City, South Sumatra Province, killing 35.

The bus carried 54 people, mostly residents of the provinces of Bengkulu and South Sumatra. The South Sumatra Transportation Authority had asked the National Transportation Safety Committee (KNKT) to investigate this fatal accident.

The KNKT investigators had conducted their probe by thoroughly checking the site of this traffic accident, according to Head of the South Sumatra Transportation Office Nelson Firdaus.

The KNKT investigators collected the data needed to probe this bus mishap to uncover the causes, including the operational safety of the bus,” he said.

All modes of public transportation must regularly be inspected to ensure they meet all safety standards before being operated, and their drivers need also respect traffic regulations for the safety of their passengers, he said.

To this end, if the drivers feel exhausted, they must take a break, he added.

Source: Antara News

Transportation minister observes Labuan Bajo infrastructure readiness

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi would visit Labuan Bajo in East Nusa Tenggara on Sunday, to observe progress on the construction of infrastructure in the region that has been set as one of five highly prioritized tourist destinations.

“The minister will depart to Labuan bajo this Sunday afternoon to observe the progress of the development of port, airport and other transportation infrastructure,” the ministry’s spokesman Hengki Angkasawan said.

The ministry has named Cardig Aero Service (CAS) consortium as winner of the bid on the development project of Komodo Airport, under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) scheme with total investment worth Rp1,2 trillion and total operational cost estimated at Rp5.7 trillion.

The scheme is expected to reduce the burden for the state budget and could improve airport services, as one of the consortium member is the operator of Changi Airport in Singapore, he said.

The government has targeted the number of passengers in Komodo Airport to reach 4 million per year and cargo to 3,500 tons per year by 2024.

For Labuan Bajo Port, the existing port would be developed as a passenger terminal while the cargo terminal would be relocated to another site some 15 kilometers from the current port.

Development of the passenger port would include extension of piers from 245 meters to 300 meters, trestle from 44 meters to 134 meters, reclamation, and in the medium term the ministry would build a new passenger terminal.

Meanwhile, the multipurpose port that will be functioned as cargo and liquid bulk cargo will be built by state-run port operator PT Pelindo III (Persero), equipped with cargo and liquid bulk cargo terminals. The port is expected to dock up to 25,000 DWT vessels.

Source: Antara News