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JAKARTA: Arowana export is predicted to contribute IDR3 billion to the state revenue in 2011 or 46.34% higher than a year earlier.
In 2010, the trading of Arowana fish (Scleopages sp) contributed IDR2.05 billion to the non-tax state revenue (PNBP) and absorbed more than 748 labors.
This value is the highest among other animals's contribution. It even contributed 45.56% of the total PNBP from plants and animals trading overseas worth IDR4.50 billion in 2010.
Minister of Forestry Zulkifli Hasan said the export rise can be achieved by shortening the administration process of transport letter for foreign plants and wildlife to be one day only.
“This process is integrated with national single window system, coordinated by Directorate General of Customs, which could improve the services efficiency as well as export-import handling supervision,” he said in the opening ceremony of All Indonesian Arowana Show 2011 in Jakarta over the weekend.
Previously, he explained, such process took five days until one week, although it has obtained international standard certificate of ISO 9001-2008.
The Forestry Ministry has simplified the breeding license for the second and later generation of Arowana formosus Sclerofages, through Head of Technical Implementation Unit for the Natural Resources Conservation (UPT KSDA).
Last year, such permit issued by Directorate General of Forest Protection and Nature Conservation (PHKA).
Currently, there are 134 units of Arowana breeding in Indonesia where 106 of them located in West Kalimantan. However, only 42 units have the right to export animals listed in appendix I CITES.
There are several potential markets for Indonesia’s Arowana export like Japan, China, Thailand, and Kuwait, including European market.
“I think there is chance in US market later on. Exhibition is always held in Guangzhou [China] every two months. Our biggest export is to China,” he said.
Sclerofages Formosus (Asian Arowana) is endangered species and protected by law. Therefore, it can’t be taken straight from the nature but from at least the second generation breeding unit.
Meanwhile, Sclerofages Yardinii (Gulf Saratoga) is not considered as endangered species and allowed to be taken from the nature as long as following  the recommended quota from Institution for Science and Technology (LIPI), and set by PHKA in each calendar year.

 

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September 26, 2011 12:16

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