Indonesian Pangasius has fast become the most popular fillet in the domestic market in Indonesia. It already accounts for more than half of the fillet consumption. Indonesian pangasius is widely sold in supermarkets but also a favourite with the food service industry, hotels and airlines. Riding the wave of expansion, the pangasius companies are now ready to cross the borders.
LOW DENSITY FARMING
Indonesian pangasius farming is less intensive, with a low density in ponds compared to other countries. For example, Indonesia has about 6 times more acreage under pangasius farming than Vietnam, but in terms of production per ha, Vietnam outnumbers Indonesia by about 4 times. It indicates the less intensive and more animal friendly approach in Indonesia.
PROBIOTICS AND GROUND WATER
In many countries, aquaculture comes with antibiotics. In Indonesia, pangasius farmers use probiotics. As the word says, ‘pro-life’. It means a healthy option for consumers. Besides, Indonesian pangasius is raised in clean ground water.
HATCHERIES AND FEED
There are currently over 150 pangasius hatcheries in Sumatera, Java, and Kalimantan. The production capacity of the hatcheries is more than 600 million fries per year.
There are close to 100 feed mills operating in the country, most of which are located in Java. Most pangasius farmers obtain their pellet feed from these feed mills.
There are 11 pangasius processing factories in Java and Sumatra. They are all engaged in producing frozen fillets. In addition, there is one more company producing frozen whole pangasius.