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Dr. Wita Juwita Ernawati: PT AquaFarm Nusantara is Concrete Evidence that Indonesia Can Export Natural Tilapia without Preservatives and Chemicals

PT AquaFarm Nusantara (PTAN) serves as tangible proof that Indonesia is capable of exporting natural tilapia products without preservatives and chemicals, utilizing a manual and hygienic fish fillet processing method.

These remarks were made by Dr. Wita Juwita Ernawati, Chairperson of the Management Department at the Faculty of Economics and Management, Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), during a visit to the Tilapia Fish Processing Plant of PT Aqua Farm Nusantara in Lubuk Naga, Pantai Cermin Subdistrict, Serdang Bedagai, North Sumatra, on Thursday (11/14).

The visit, aimed at enhancing the capacity of lecturers from the Management Department at the Faculty of Economics and Management, IPB, was attended by 20 lecturers. PT Aqua Farm Nusantara was chosen as the destination for the visit due to the company’s reputation for producing Regal Springs Tilapia, which is known for being healthy, free of antibiotics, of extremely high quality, with perfect texture, and devoid of earthy odors.

“We hope that PT Aqua Farm Nusantara will continue to maintain its high product standards, enabling it to remain competitive in the international market and become a source of pride for Indonesia,” stated Dr. Wita Juwita Ernawati.

During the visit, the IPB lecturer delegation was received by the management of PTAN, led by Joko Suhendro, the Processing Manager.

“At PT Aqua Farm Nusantara, our main strengths lie in continuous business improvement and sustainable resource utilization, including collaborations with higher education institutions such as IPB. Earlier this year, we signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in scientific research, support for student internships, and the recruitment of new graduates to be developed as future leaders of the company,” said Joko Suhendro.

PT Aqua Farm Nusantara is an aquaculture and fish processing company headquartered in Medan. The company’s flagship product is Naturally Better Tilapia, a high-quality product produced for both the domestic and export markets.

PTAN operates in North Sumatra and Central Java with approximately 4,000 employees, a majority of whom are recruited from the surrounding villages.

PTAN implements the KAMI PEDULI Sustainability Program, which is the world’s first integrated sustainability program in the aquaculture industry specifically for tilapia, aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.