The Indonesian Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fishery (MMAF) has set the country’s shrimp production target at 608,000 tonnes for this year, a sharp increase from 415,703 tonnes in 2012, according to a senior official of the ministry.

Slamet Soebjakto, general director for aquaculture at the MMAF said the country’s shrimp production has continued to climb, registering a 4 percent increase year-on-year in 2012 and expected to reach a record increase of 46.2 percent once fulfilling the target.

He expressed belief that the target will be met, as the country’s shrimp production already reached 320,000 tonnes in the first half of the year.

With 1.2 million hectares of potential areas for shrimp breeding, Indonesia is ambitious to surpass world top producers such as Thailand , Vietnam and Malaysia to climb to first position, he added.

As competition among shrimp producers is fierce, the Indonesian Government will focus on improving the sector’s competitiveness by providing necessary supporting policies and measures, especially in the application of technological advance to better production, quality and safety of products, ensuring sustainable growth for the sector, he said.-VNA