NUSADAILY.COM – JAKARTA – The Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) is targeting a breakthrough program that is the development of 25 fishing villages spread across various regions by 2021.
“To support and optimize this program, KKP also cooperates with relevant ministries and institutions to synergize,” said Acting Director General of Fisheries Capture KKP Muhammad Zaini in a written statement in Jakarta, Monday.
According to him, the efforts of the breakthrough program of the fishing village was made to change the fishing village from the impression of poor, rundown, and dirty, to be more advanced.
Muhammad Zaini also revealed that all financing for the program will come from the State Budget (APBN) which will be implemented through labor-intensive programs.
“We also involve private and state-owned enterprises to facilitate the utilization of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds, universities through KKN programs, capital institutions and community organizations to contribute,” he explained.
Steps to Realize the Program
He explained the steps to realize the fishing village program, among others, in the form of infrastructure assistance in the arrangement of fishing villages. By improving public facilities, providing clean water, waste treatment, and repairing waterways.
“Not only physically, the fishermen are also directly involved and given education both spiritually and culturally good and advanced fishermen. We will also prepare funding support and empowerment of fishermen by providing assistance and training for fishermen and their families,” said Muhammad Zaini.
Zaini further explained that the MPA is currently improving technical guidance on the implementation of the fishing village program.
It targets next month can be conducted socialization and receipt of proposal documents from the target location of activities. As well as the determination of the location and preparation of its implementation in April.
“May should be already running, so that not until the end of the year the program can be completed so that we can do evaluation monitoring. Hopefully gradually it can continue to be done in the following years.
Old Age Guarantee
Previously, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Sakti Wahyu Trenggono also wanted a breakthrough policy that ensures the guarantee of old age or pension money for fishermen, in order to protect and improve their welfare.
“Protection and improvement of fishermen’s welfare is a priority for the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries. KKP plans to make a number of breakthroughs to achieve this target. One of them ensures the guarantee of old age or pension money for fishermen,” said Trenggono.
According to him, there are three things that must be proclaimed related to the protection and welfare of fishermen. Namely accident insurance, health insurance, and old age allowance.
This, he continued, aims to increase fishermen’s productivity, maintain product quality, and ensure the sustainability of fishery populations in the Indonesian sea.
Every year, the number of fishing villages in coastal areas increases. Based on data from the Central Bureau of Statistics in 2018, the number of coastal villages in Indonesia is spread across 12,857 locations. When compared to all villages in Indonesia, coastal villages reach 15.32 percent of the total villages. (lal)