Village Fisherman Group Assisted by UKM Center FEB UI on Buru Island Receives Capital Assistance from LPMUKP KKP

Village Fisherman Group Assisted by UKM Center FEB UI on Buru Island Receives Capital Assistance from LPMUKP KKP

DEPOK – (26/8/2021) The Village Fishermen Group assisted by the UKM Center FEB UI and PT Astra Internasional in the Kampung Berseri Astra Desa Sejahtera (KBA DS) program received capital assistance from the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Business Capital Management Institute (LPMUKP) of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. Fisheries (KKP). This capital assistance is proof of the success of the mentoring and advocacy program carried out by the UKM Center FEB UI for the fishing group.

This assistance and advocacy endeavor to gain access to capital has actually been done since 2020. In the form of training (managing groups and finances, making proposals, to post-catch fish processing techniques), facilitation with various relevant agencies and delivery of fishing gear assistance from PT ASTRA Internasional. This assistance and advocacy endeavor works in collaboration with various parties such as the local KKP Office, PT Perinus, PT PPLA and the Ambon Capture Fisheries Center, and involves local facilitators who have been trained by UKMC. However, due to the lengthy bureaucratic and administrative processes that must be undergone, the new capital assistance was only able to be disbursed in August 2021.

The two groups of fishermen from two villages assisted by the UKM Center FEB UI on Buru Island, Maluku, who received assistance were the fishermen group in Waepure village and Bara village. Capital assistance for the fishermen group in Waepure village was Rp. 470,000,000 and disbursed on August 6, 2021. As for the village of Bara, the capital assistance received was Rp. 155,000,000 and only disbursed on August 19, 2021. The two groups of fishermen are considered by the Capital Management Institute The Marine and Fisheries Enterprises (LPMUKP) to have been able to meet the desired requirements, namely that all group members must have a kusuka card (a card for the marine and fisheries business players from the KKP) and Having adequate guarantee amounts.

The photos above are of the ceremony when representatives of fishermen groups from the two villages received capital assistance and the process of disbursing capital assistance through local banks. Accompanied by a local facilitator (dressed in white in pictures 1 and 2), the handover of capital assistance funds was symbolically given to the fishermen’s group at the Fisheries Service Office of Buru Regency. Next, the facilitator (not shown) and the fisherman group representatives went to the bank to draw the funds (figures 3 and 4).

It is hoped that the success of the fishermen groups in Bara and Waepure villages fostered by UKMC FEB UI in receiving capital assistance from LPMUKP KKP can be an example for fishing groups in other villages to also develop along the same lines.

(Division of Training and Assistance for UKM Center FEB UI)

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