Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Bali`s canned fish exports in the first quarter of this year increased 266.5 percent, the province`s trade and industry office said on Thursday.
In the January-March period 2007, Bali exported 1,864 tons of canned fish worth US$2.6 million or up from 328 tons valued at US$724,696 in the same period in 2006, the office said in a report.
The canned fish export performance was encouraging because the commodity disappeared from Bali`s export commodity list some time ago.
Bali`s canned fish industry is located in Jembrana district, some 80 km west of Denpasar, Bali`s provincial capital.
The disappearance of Bali`s canned fish from the export list some time in the past did not mean that Bali had stopped producing canned fish. Its canned fish exports were shipped from Surabaya, East Java, so that the export records were made in East Java.
Bali`s canned fish is exported to the United States, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore. The trade and industry office of Bali hoped that export of the commodity would continue to increase.
Besides canned fish, Bali was also exporting canned meat -- produced in Denpasar -- mainly to Singapore. But the canned meat was shipped from Batam so that the export was not registered in Denpasar.(*)