The government has urged fishermen in the country including in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, to make use of digital economic potential to directly market their fish products to consumers without going through middlemen. Director General of Rural Development (PDT), Samsul Widodo, made the remarks through a press statement received in Jakarta on Sunday.
Widodo was in Sumbawa to give a public lecture at the Samawa University with the theme "Accelerating Development of Disadvantaged Regions through Digital Economic Development.
The results of the 2017 survey showed that some 54.68 percent of the Indonesian population are internet users (as potential of the digital economy). Furthermore, Widodo hopes, Sumbawa can sell the fish catch to export destination because Sumbawa has the potential of large marine fish.
According to Widodo, his side found tuna fish weighing 55kg each in Sumabawa, adding that PT. Aruna Jaya Nuswantara will display the fish at the Health booth at the Maritime Expo at Badas Port relating to the Sail Moyo Tambora 2018. This event had been launched to mark the start of tourism development in Sumbawa Island, one of the largest islands in West Nusa Tenggara. (ant)