This BRI-assisted MSME is Boosting the Economy of Coastal Fishermen in South Sulawesi

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia The beach with clear sea water is directly visible from the yard as far as the eye can see. Scenes like this are something seen every day by the people of Lasepang Village, Lamalaka District, Bantaeng Regency, South Sulawesi or also known as Pogo Village. As an area near the coast, the economic activities of its people are of course related to the sea.

Apart from working as fishermen, there are also people who work as seaweed cultivators. This is also what Sudirman is pursuing, who has been actively involved in seaweed cultivation activities since 2003 and is now the Chair of the Seaweed Business Cluster in the Pogo Village area.

Sudirman experienced various ups and downs while running the seaweed cultivation business and now the cluster members are even more productive thanks to assistance from the KlasterkuHidupku program from BRI.

“Initially there were several people here who cultivated seaweed and it seemed successful. From there I finally started to be interested in taking part in running the same business. So at that time I went to see them working, how to install anchors, install large ropes, ropes. “small, to make a stretch. There I learned until finally I could make it myself,” said Sudirman, quoted Thursday (28/3/2024).

Meanwhile, the Pogo Village Seaweed Business Cluster itself was only established around 2019. He said that at that time he received input from Fisheries Service instructors who came to his village.

“At that time in 2019, there was an instructor from the Fisheries Service who asked if I had a group, but at that time I said I didn't have one. Then they suggested starting a group and I was helped. Here, there are people who are fishermen and there are those who cultivate seaweed, so the Fisheries Service was looking for it and finally this business group was formed,” he continued.

To date, there are 10 business cluster members who have joined and help each other in carrying out daily seaweed cultivation operations. “For example, if someone needs tools, if they want to cultivate seaweed, they have to have a boat. If they don't have one, we can borrow them from other groups,” he added.

The seaweed products produced are sold in dried condition. The buyer will usually come directly to the location to bargain directly with the owner. If the price is right, it will be sold.

“Every month's income depends on the weather. If the weather is good and normal, in 100 stretches it can reach 400 kg. But if the weather like now starts to get hot, the condition of the seaweed will turn a bit yellow. If the color is yellow, it means the growth is a bit slow. If it's flooded, “It's also damaged. So the challenges of this business all depend on the weather. The selling price itself is an average of IDR 16 thousand per kilogram, but the price itself fluctuates,” said Sudirman again.

More Productive Thanks to BRI Assistance

Sudirman's seaweed cultivation business does not mean it runs without capital. He admitted that there is a lot of equipment that cultivators must have, such as boats, span ropes, small ropes, anchors, and much more. Fortunately, while running this business, he received capital assistance from BRI in the form of a People's Business Credit (KUR) loan.

He admitted that he had received BRI KUR amounting to IDR 50 million and all of it was used to increase capital to advance the seaweed cultivation business. Apart from that, the Pogo Village Seaweed Business Cluster also received assistance from the KlasterkuHidupku program initiated by BRI. he continued.

He admitted that the assistance received from the KlasterkuHidupku program really helped the productivity of the members who are members of the Seaweed Business Cluster. “Alhamdulillah, it's made it easier, thank you very much for BRI's help, now we can be even more productive in cultivating cottonik seaweed. We hope that in the future, we hope this collaboration can continue and hopefully our efforts will be even smoother in the future,” he concluded. Sudirman.

On a different occasion, BRI's Director of Micro Business, Supari, added that through the Kalsterkujiwaku Program, BRI is committed to continuing to accompany and help business actors, not only in the form of business capital but also in the form of business training and other empowerment programs.

“We also encourage the productivity of business groups by providing assistance with business equipment or supporting infrastructure. Hopefully, the assistance provided can be utilized as well as possible,” he concluded.

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