JAKARTA (Xinhua): Business people from Indonesia's province of Riau Islands have for the first time exported fishery products directly to China.
"This is certainly very encouraging as in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the fishery businesses especially in Bintan district are still running well as the quality of the products is guaranteed," the Head of the province's Tanjungpinang Center for Quarantine, Quality Control and Safety of Fishery Products, Felix Lumban Tobing, said in a press release as quoted by Antara news agency on Friday (June 12).
The exported commodities include frozen grouper whole round, frozen sea bream whole round, frozen red snapper whole round, frozen leather jacket HG with a total volume of 9,421.86 kg worth Rp750 million or about US$52,733.
The success of Riau Islands' fishery products penetrating the Chinese market should be appreciated as Bintan district has so far only exported fishery products to Singapore and Malaysia, Tobing said, adding that the direct export to China offers higher selling prices and gives more job opportunities.
The Tanjungpinang Center for Quarantine, Quality Control and Safety of Fishery Products implements the Integrated Quality Management Programme, which is a key to improve the grade of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) in order to meet the requirements from partner countries, he said.
Tobing expressed hope that Riau Islands could export more fishery products to partner countries as it has more fish processing units across the province. - Xinhua
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