Sat, 11 Jan 2003

Bogor to develop aquaculture center

BOGOR: The city of Bogor will develop an aquaculture center in Rancamaya for ornamental fish breeding, Mayor Iswara Natanegara said on Thursday.

The "Ornamental Fish Aquaculture Terminal" would be equipped with an information center on ornamental fish and a breeding center, Antara reported.

He said that the town had 28.8 hectares of fish ponds and had become one of the major aquaculture centers of West Java.

The ponds, managed by 120 families, produced 1,611 tons of fish a year with three suppliers and three importers.

The mayor also said that it was important to encourage the people to consume fish because fish consumption in Bogor was only 12 grams per head, far below the ideal figure of 26.5 grams.--JP