Unemployed and not getting income / for months, because of erratic weather, forcing the fishermen in Polewali Mandar, western Sulawesi, switched professions to become seaweed farmers. Stretch of beach that stretches so wide was transformed plant area of the green seaweed. The fishermen hung high hopes, this new effort could change the fate of their families for the better.
Hundreds of fishing families in Polewali Mandar / now have a new profession. If the previously busy drying the fish their husbands, the wives of fishermen are now busy drying seaweed. This new profession occupied the fishermen and their wives, since the last few months.
Bad weather is erratic, since last year, the reason the fishermen to seek new sources of income for families and their children do not stray and stay in school.
The husband worked to plant and maintain the seaweed along the coast, until harvest. The result kemudiana treated their wives and their children before they are sold to businessmen. Growing seaweed fishermen recognized that families are relatively more profitable, than when their husbands to devote full time at sea fishing.
plants harvested after the age of 40 days, the fishermen could obtain revenue from three to five million, depending on the area of sea grass plants are managed. With a selling price of Rp 9,000 perkilogran to grass that has dried, a number of fishermen could even earn revenue of up to 10 million annually once the harvest, while the incomes of fishermen at most one to two million per month, that even if the weather is friendly.
Munira, wife of fisherman in the village takatidung such claims of bias made a sizable profit to finance his household kehiduopan saaat disbanding their husbands worked as a fisherman.
Similar recognition was also disclosed Risman, fisherman from the village Pajjala Polewali seaweed farming was admitted into the new expectations of the fishermen, so that later could change the fate of his family.
Some fishermen had indeed stopped completely at sea and are now seriously pursue this new business, but some others remain professional fishermen double. Being a fisherman as well as a seaweed farmer.
Although beneficial, not all fishermen can pursue this new profession because they had no initial capital. To cultivate one hectare of seaweed, fishermen require initial capital in the form of seeds and the straps stretch of sea grass, up to Rp 5 million. (Edy Junaedi-Polewali Mandar, West Sulawesi).