Friday, June 18, 2010

Two tons of catfish being prepared for festival

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has prepared two tons of catfish to be sold to the public with cheap prices during a "Catfish Festival" held at East Parking Lot of the Bung Karno Sports Stadium on June 19 to 20.

Head of Data Center for Statistics and Information (Pusdatin) of KKP, Soen`an Hadi Purnomo, said here on Friday, two tons of catfish that had been prepared was donated by the Directorate General of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

"Some will be sold alive, some are sold after being cooked, and partly for the purposes of cooking demos," he said.

Held for the first time, the Catfish Festival will be opened by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, accompanied by Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Fadel Muhammad, Governor Fauzi Bowo, as well as mothers from the Solidarity of Indonesian Cabinet Wives Association(SIKIB).

A total of 37 catfish `pecel` (salad served with peanut sauce) stalls joined forces to sell a ton of "catfish pecel" worth Rp6.000 per package. While the 600 kilogram (kg) of live catfish will be sold directly to the public at the price of Rp7.000 per kg.

"The rest is 400 kg will be used for cooking demonstrations that will be followed by 150 participants from the Greater Jakarta area," he said.

Catfish-related exhibitions will be held during the festival. Communities can get various kinds of information ranging from technical catfish cultivation, feed, until processed catfish.

Another interesting thing is made with a special business meeting to reconcile the processing of catfish farmers and entrepreneurs.

Some stakeholders such as PT Alang-alang from Boyolali, abon (boiled and fried shredded meat) catfish producers, "Cat Fish Club", Lele Lela, Department of Marine Fisheries in Yogyakarta and Central Java, to the catfish feed companies will be participating in the festival.

Activities, aimed at dissemination of fishery products, particularly catfish, will also enlivened with the campaign "Gemarikan" or Joy of Eating Fish.

The government target is to continue increasing fish consumption of the community. The KKP data mentioned the community level of fish consumption in 2005 reached 23.95 kg per capita per year, while the year 2009 it had reached 30.17 kg per capita per year.(*)

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