Indonesian Shrimp and Tuna Exports Increase Amid Covid-19 Outbreak
Jakarta (Samudranesia) – In the midst of the outbreak of the Corona Covid-19 virus, fisheries and marine export certification services for a number of countries actually experienced an increase during the period January – 12 March 2020 compared to the same period in 2019.
A number of these countries are the United States which reached 44,748.98 tons compared to 36,686.99 tons, Thailand with a total of 27,264.73 tons, previously 11,372.78 tons. Then Malaysia had reached 15,883.49 tons compared to 13,008.65 tons in the previous year, and Taiwan at 7,823.77 tons compared to 7,173.04 tons.
According to the Head of the Fish Quarantine Agency, Quality Control and Fishery Product Safety (BKIPM), Rina, exports to China have indeed decreased.
While other export destination countries are also observed to have increased. Among others Vietnam amounted to 8,105.75 tons compared to 7,955.40 tons, Singapore amounted to 6,820.87 tons compared to 5,883.99 tons and South Korea amounted to 5,964.08 tons compared to 4,320.34 tons and Saudi Arabia amounted to 3,908.85 tons compared to 3,358.19 tons tons.
Despite the Covid-19 outbreak Rina ensured that her staff continued to maximize services. BKIPM, said Rina, was guided by Decree of the Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries number 27 / Kepmen-KP / 2020, related to employees who served directly in the service sector, a rotation system was implemented to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
“We are tasked with maintaining maximum state service, especially in terms of export certificate services,” said Rina through her press release on Monday (3/23).
Shrimp exports increased
For export commodities, including vaname shrimp increased to 36 thousand tons. Even though in the previous year it only reached 28 thousand tons. Meanwhile, tuna commodities increased to 19 thousand tons. Up by 3 thousand tons compared to the previous year.
Skipjack fish exports have increased by one thousand tons. From 18 thousand tons in the same period in 2019 to 19 thousand tons in this year’s period. “Of course this is good news, optimism and an opportunity in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic that has hit a number of countries,” he explained.