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September 11, 2015


Sulawesi—Developing Super-Intensive Shrimp Farms



To boost Penaeus vannamei shrimp production, Central Sulawesi Province (a peninsula off the northeast coast of the island of Sulawesi) has introduced environmentally friendly, super-intensive shrimp farming.


Shrimp production in Central Sulawesi Province reached around 8,000 tons in 2014, not much when compared to the national shrimp production of some 550,000 tons.  Following the introduction of the super-intensive technology in 2013, however, the province is projected to become one of the major shrimp producers in Indonesia.  Super-intensive technology could boost production to 153 metric tons per hectare, according to head of the Central Sulawesi Maritime Affairs and Fishery office, Dr. Eng Hasanuddin Atjo.  If the province is able to develop one thousand hectares of shrimp ponds using this technology, it will be able to produce 300,000 tons of shrimp annually, or more than half of the national shrimp production, Atjo said.  That means the province will contribute half of the nation’s foreign exchange earnings from shrimp exports, which are currently pegged at $4.7 billion.


The new technology recycles pond water, so shrimp production will not be affected El Niño, which usually brings drought conditions to this part of the world.


Nonetheless, the local government is still helping develop traditional shrimp farming because not every farmer can afford the super-intensive technology, which requires a big investment.


The Deputy Governor of Central Sulawesi has encouraged the development of a number of vannamei shrimp pond models using the super-intensive technology in several villages, including those in Kampal, Parigi Moutong District.


Source: Fardah’s Files.  Central Sulawesi Striving to Become Major Vannamei Shrimp Producer.  Fardah Assegaf.  September 9, 2015. 

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