Manokwari, Jubi – Japan and the US are potential markets for fisheries products from Manokwari Regency, Papua Barat Province.
The head of Manokwari Cooperation, Trade and Industry Office Supomo said on Monday (21/3/2016) in Manokwari that some European countries are also the markets for local fishery products.
He said the local fishery products such as tuna, crabs, shrimps have the best quality and export value. In addition, its supply quantity is sufficient to meet the needs of domestic and international markets as well.
“It is proven that people has never lack of supply, further the export activity to other region is running smoothly,” he said.
He also mentioned the export activity has been done via Bitung, North Sulawasi and Bali. “But unfortunately, it wasn’t our local traders or fishermen to get benefit from this activity but the exporters of both regions,” he said.
Supomo revealed so far the export activity of local fishery products could not be done from Manokwari due to none of local exporters. “We have only the local businessmen for inter-islands trading. They are not capable for international trading yet,” he said.
Currently the Cooperation, Trade and Industry Office is trying to push the export activity for both fishermen and local government could get benefit from this activity. It is expected the inter-islands traders who absorbed the fishery products from Manokwari fishermen could improve their business capacity to exporters.
“The export value is higher, but only the exporters could take benefit on it instead of local traders or fishermen,” he said.
He added there is no export activity done in Manokwari for couple of years. The last export was in 2009. “Currently we are going to process the LNG export permit for BP Tangguh operated in Teluk Bintuni. During the time, the export has not been done via Manokwari,” he said. (*/rom)