Community empowerment PT. Indexim Coalindo in the Coorporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program in collaboration with Bina Swadaya Konsultan succeeded in providing benefits in increasing fish catches and the legality of fishermen groups in Kaliorang Village, East Kutai Regency, East Kalimantan.
Zainudin, who is a member of the Bakau Abadi fishermen group, said that some of the activity programs that have been carried out in the CSR program are business management training and fishing gear techniques.
“With the training (catch fish), the BSK team and the fishermen group agreed to make rumpon in the sea. For Kaliorang village fishing groups there are 3 units. Then after a few months of rumpon, fishermen’s catches increased rapidly, “said Zainudin.
He revealed, rumpon can provide an increase in fish catches up to 2 times the previous result. Even members of the fishermen began to take the initiative to increase the number of rumpon themselves with materials that could be used.
“For example, fishermen go to sea one night down to sea only gets 20kg, with the assistance of BSK can get 40-50kg for one fishing in the rumpon,” he said.
In addition to training on catching fish using rumpon, Zainudin said that the most important thing in this assistance was the legality of fishermen groups.
“The most important thing in this assistance is that BSK has assisted us in the legality of fishermen groups. So far, we have only been a group without any legal documents. With the presence of PT. Indexim Coalindo and BSK, so now we already have legality, notary certificates, and others, “he explained.
Dwi Prayitno, Team Leader of the Bina Swadaya Konsultan economic empowerment program said that with the legality of fishermen groups, assistance from the district to provincial levels can be accessed. Groups also get cards that we facilitate the creation issued by the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.
“So far, even before the pandemic, fishing groups were still self-taught and had not been registered. What can be accepted by the community is that we help legality to be registered with the Marine and Fisheries Service even to a notary deed. After a long time, they were only recognized by the service in 2020,” he said.
In addition to training and mentoring to fishermen groups, assistance is also carried out to mothers in the processed sector. Dwi said, previously fishermen and housewives were still limited in making products.
“Previously, there were only 2 (products), namely shredded and crackers, then after mentoring, up to 26 products were formed. What is interesting is VCO and mangrove syrup that went viral in Kaliorang. And so far they can only know thereafter there is assistance, “he said.
This positive development finally received attention from the MSME and Cooperative Office. Dwi said the MSME and Cooperative Office will later assist these mothers because they have formed groups.
“Even (the group) they have also made savings and loans from selling products to the Business Incubation House (RIB) which is set aside to save 10 thousand per deposit. Currently, the savings turnover has been 14 million which has only been running for 2 months, “concluded Dwi.