Market Uptake of Fish Farming Products Has Decreased by 50 Percents during COVID-19 Period

Production Technology and Management of Fisheries Cultivation (TPMPB) program,  College of Vocational Studies (SV) IPB University held a webinar themed Tips and Strategies of Aquaculture in Facing COVID-19 Pandemic, at (18/6). Pandemic condition has given a significant impact to fish farming operational so that adaptation has been very needed in that condition. According to Dr Agus Somamihardja, a practitioner of shrimp farming and also advisor of Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Republic of Indonesia, there are four components which should be concerned in the adaptation. The first component is about strategy and production scale adjustment for the next 3 – 12 months. The second is about efficienncy and increasing productivity & stability of the production which comply with the standard operational procedures (SOP). The third is about sales in local market, online and delivery. The fourth is about risk sharing and profit sharing which is aimed to understand the agremeent towards domestic price control from upstream to downstream sector.

Meanwhile, according to another speaker, Ir Cecilia Eny Indriastuti, MSi, lecturer of IPB University from Production Technology and Management of Fisheries Cultivation (TPMPB) program and also a practitioner of patin fish farming, the market uptake in the COVID-19 pandemic period has decreased by 50 percents. There has been price changes which caused loss for fish famers, especially in East Java, South Kalimmantan, and Riau.

“Tips and strategies are very needed to maintain the bussiness. For example, we can utilize technology and artificial intelligence, increase the competitiveness (superior seeds, feed, water treatment quality, fish health control), and apply biosecurity. Also, the most important matter is to build network in marketing, because marketing is the motor to run the processing, farming, and seeding sector,” she said. 

While for ornamental fish farming sector, Giri Maruto, Spi, Msi, lecturer of IPB University from TPMPB study program explained that pandemic has also affected ornamental fish bussiness. The negative impacts generally can be categorized into five. The delivery of domestic and exported fish has been hampered because many cargo planes have been closed. The number of buyer in the shop has decreased so that it has made a decrease in their daily profit. Fish and raw material supply has been hampered. Product and feed price has increased because many agents has been closed during the Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) policy. Trade competition for surviving the bussiness has happened and many events related to fish contest has also been delayed.

“However, besides the negative impacts which have been happened, there is a positive impact towards the awareness of hygiene, sanitation, and health. Now, shops are providing hand-washing facilitiy, and implementing the usage of mask for interaction and cashless payment method,” he said. (IAAS/ISL)



Published Date : 23-Jun-2020

Resource Person : r Cecilia Eny Indriastuti, MSi

Keyword : COVID-19 pandemic, fish and shrimp farming, ornamental fish, College of Vocational Studies, IPB University, IPB lecturer