TEMPO.CO, Samboja - President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo assessed there should be a balance between economic value and environment preservation related to the policy on lobster seeds export, which was being mulled by Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Minister Edhy Prabowo.
“The most important things, in my opinion, are the country earns benefits, farmers get benefits, and the environment is not harmed. Those are vital,” said the President in Samboja, Kutai Kertanegara Regency, East Kalimantan, Tuesday, December 17.
He said there should be added-value from lobster seeds from which the government could consider whether to export it or not. The government, he added, could not merely restrict the export and pass disordered regulations.
“Not only saying ‘don’t’. But a balance is necessary,” the former Jakarta governor underlined.
According to the President, the environment must be preserved to prevent smuggling of lobster seeds and disorganized export management. “So farmers can benefit from there, and the added value will be ours,” Jokowi said.
Edhy Prabowo previously planned to allow the export of lobster seeds in quota considering there was no facility for breeding yet. The plan sparked controversy among the public, including former minister Susi Pudjiastuti who actively voiced her rejection through social media.