Serdang Bedagai, January 4, 2024 – Regal Springs Indonesia (PT Aqua Farm Nusantara) supports Gemarikan (Movement to Popularize Fish Consumption) for the prevention of stunting in the Serdang Bedagai Regency by providing tilapia food aid to the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN) of Serdang Bedagai Regency, coinciding with the series of activities for the 20th Anniversary of Serdang Bedagai Regency on Thursday (04/01).
The collaboration with BKKBN of Serdang Bedagai Regency is part of Regal Springs Indonesia’s CSR program in the health pillar, implemented gradually since July 2023. The aid provided in each stage consists of more than 140kg of tilapia fillets, which will be processed into nutritious food to be distributed to around 500 children by BKKBN of Serdang Bedagai Regency at each stage.
Head of Legal & Corporate Affairs at Regal Springs Indonesia, Arum P. Handayani, stated, “This aid program is one of the company’s commitments to actively contribute to preventing and reducing the prevalence of stunting in the areas around our operational region by collaborating with local stakeholders.”
Based on the results of the Indonesian Nutrition Status Survey (SSGI) in 2022, Serdang Bedagai Regency is one of the 9 regencies/cities that experienced an increase in stunting prevalence by 1.1%, from 20% in 2021 to 21.1% in 2022. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the normal limit for stunting or low prevalence is below 20%.
The Head of the Population Control, Family Planning, Women’s Empowerment, and Child Protection Agency of Serdang Bedagai Regency, Dr. Helminur Iskandar Sinaga, M.Kes, said, “I believe that with the involvement and intervention of various parties through programs like this, it not only brings optimism for the reduction of stunting prevalence in Sergai but also the improvement of the nutritional status of the community.”
In addition, as part of the Gemarikan program, Regal Springs Indonesia also provided 100kg of tilapia to the Department of Marine and Fisheries of Serdang Bedagai Regency, which will be processed into nutritious dishes.
The Head of the Department of Marine and Fisheries of Serdang Bedagai Regency, Claudia Evinta Siregar, SKM, M.Kes, expressed gratitude for the active participation of all parties in the implementation of Gemarikan. “We hope that the cooperation with Regal Springs Indonesia can continue to improve,” said Claudia.
About Regal Springs Indonesia
Regal Springs Indonesia is a pioneer in responsible fish farming in Indonesia since 1989 and is one of the food and manufacturing companies employing more than 2,000 employees in North Sumatra.
In 2018, Regal Springs Indonesia launched the Social Responsibility and Sustainability program “KAMI PEDULI,” focusing on three pillars: Environment, Social, and Economic. This is the first integrated sustainable program for Tilapia fish farming. In every operation, Regal Springs Indonesia always emphasizes environmental sustainability and natural resource conservation. This is evident in Regal Springs Indonesia being the world’s first Tilapia fish producer to operate responsibly according to the Good Aquaculture Practice (CBIB), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC), and GAA BAP standards.