West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) has considerable natural and fishery and natural resource potential, especially in terms of freshwater fish farming. Among these are carp, tilapia, gurami, catfish, pomfret and tawes. But the current trend is tilapia. Indeed gouramy is still a favourite, but due to the length of cultivation which reaches more than one year and the price of the more expensive per kilogram causing velocity of money is slower, tilapia only requires four months to harvest and the price is very affordable resulting many people switch to consuming tilapia.
Travelling to the city of Mataram, Lombok, would not be ‘afdol’ if you did not taste the Taliwang chicken. But apparently in many outlets or restaurants Taliwang chicken, grilled tilapia fish is also a culinary mainstay of Lombok. It’s delicious to eat but of course with rice that is still hot and fresh, with water spinach and Lombok typical chilli sauce. Lombok, which is the best tourist destination in Indonesia, is of course also the target of Lombok’s culinary hunters.
Well, this is where freshwater fisheries reap blessings. Many of these fresh fish farming groups spread their wings. Expanding the marketing network to outside islands such as Bali to meet the needs of freshwater fish. “We order a lot of freshwater fish, especially tilapia, gurame, pomfret from the island, especially from hotels around Kuta and Nusa Dua, but unfortunately we have not been able to fulfil this request,” said Sulhan (45) an aquaculture fish farmer that has been almost 30 years in the business.