Ministry encourages fish consumption among residents of border regions

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Pontianak, West Kalimantan (ANTARA) – The Ministry of Marine and Fisheries continues to expand the Love to Eat Fish (Gemarikan) movement to improve human resources and quality of life for people in border regions.

“We welcome and support the Gemarikan program in the border regions, such as Sambas district,” said Erviyanto, head of the brackish water and marine aquaculture unit of the Bureau of Sea and Fisheries of the West Kalimantan.

The objective of the Marine and Fisheries Board program is to increase the rate of fish consumption to increase the income of fishermen and fish farming, as well as to improve the quality of human resources, Erviyanto said. .

Erviyanto said fish consumption can reduce the prevalence of stunting caused by chronic nutritional deficiency in the first thousand days of life, which negatively affects a child’s cognitive and motor skills.

“The presence of the Gemarikan movement can accelerate the improvement of human resources and reduce the prevalence of stunting,” the official noted.

Consumption of fish-based animal nutrition is essential for maintaining personal health and immunity, especially in West Kalimantan, which recorded a per capita fish consumption rate of 46,621 kilograms in 2020, well below the national average of 54.55 kilograms per capita, Erviyanto explained.

“Therefore, the strategy to increase fish consumption in West Kalimantan, for example through the promotion of the Gemarikan movement, is necessary,” explained the head of the office unit.

Consuming fish as a source of protein is a method to increase the body’s immunity against various diseases, he said, adding that fish, which contains omega 3, is very relevant to support retardation prevention measures. of growth.

Furthermore, as the national marine and fisheries sectors have vast potential to benefit the regional and national economy, all stakeholders need to synergize to promote fish consumption to achieve healthy people. healthy and prosperous, he said.

“Let’s make fish a source of protein to achieve advanced Indonesian human resources towards an advanced Indonesia and a golden Indonesia 2045,” Erviyanto stressed.

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