Floating Marine Cage attracts the President’s attention

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi)

Floating marine cage in Weiharu, about 10km from City of Ambon, has gain the attention of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi). The President had a chance to visit the floating marine cage that has been initiated by Regional Commander XVI Pattimura General Mayor Doni Monardo.

The President, accompanied by the First Lady Iriana, visited the marine cage right before going back to Jakarta after attending the National Press Day (HPN) event in city of Ambon on Thursday (9/2). Other ministers who accompanied the President include Puan Maharani, the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Cultural Affairs, Nila Moeloek, the minister of Health, Said Assagaff, the governor of Maluku, and Doni Monardo, Regional Commander XVI Pattimura.

“The activity has been initiated by Regional Commander Major General Doni Monardo a month after he started serving as Regional Commander in August 2015,” said Colonel Hasyim Head of Regional Commander of Maluku toward the reel. (Friday 10/2)

The Regional Military Commander has two programs, the Blue Gold and Green Gold. According to Hasyim, the Blue Gold program consists of activities to improve the marine production, while the Green Gold focuses on enhancing the productions of agriculture, forestry, farm animals, and cultivation.

The activities are also an effort by the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) to help improve public welfare. According to Hasyim, The Regional Military Commander is using prosperity approach instead of security approach in order to help the people around them.

“The rise in unemployment and poverty rate has often caused small conflicts, but it can lead to communal conflict just like the tragedy of humanity in the year 2000,” said Hasyim.

The Regional Military Commander owns 96 boxes of floating net, with 76 boxes in Waiheru cage and 20 boxes spread throughout the villages in Ambon. There are also 54 boxes spread outside the city of Ambon; Saparua, Nusa Laut, and island of Seram. Meanwhile SUPM owns 34 boxes of net.

“Every box has a size of 3×3 meter. The type of fish that are currently available are White Snapper, Barramundi, Pompano or Bubara,” said Hasyim.

President Jokowi appreciates the programs. The President wants to enlarge and expand both programs of Blue Gold and Green Gold that has been initiated by the Regional Military Commander.

The First Lady Iriana Jokowi also had a chance of splitting shells with pearl inside, cultivated by the people of Tual in the Floating Marine Cage of SUPM itself. Puan, the Coordinating Minister, and Nila, the Minister of Health, also had a chance to purchase pearls that were taken out directly from its shells.