The Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries (KKP) has taken a significant step towards the upliftment of the local fishing community in Samber Binyeri, Biak Numfor, Papua, through the implementation of the Modern Fishermen's Village program. This comprehensive initiative aims to boost the income of local fishermen by providing financial assistance, training, and ongoing support.
Projected Upliftment in Income
Currently, the income of fishermen operating double-engine boats stands at approximately 5 million Indonesian Rupiah per month. But with the government's intervention, this figure is projected to rise significantly. Under ideal conditions, income from fishing alone could escalate to 17 million Rupiah per month per boat. However, it's important to note that this projection does not take into account household expenses.
Impressive Economic Impact
In the first year of the program, the income of the modern fishermen's village is expected to reach an impressive 14.89 billion Rupiah annually. This figure is based on the income from 177 fishermen's households out of a total of 207 households in the village. Presently, the village's income stands at about 1.43 billion Rupiah per year, indicating a projected tenfold increase in income.
Government Support and Community Collaboration
The success of the program heavily relies on the collaboration between the community and the government. The KKP has allocated a hefty budget of 22.11 billion Rupiah for building core fishery production facilities, fishery business facilities, and fishing equipment support. Additionally, funds will be used to enhance the capacity and productivity of the fishing business, making this a holistic approach towards enhancing the fishing community's livelihood.