Indonesia`s seaweed production is predicted to increase by 32 per cent from 2009 to 2014, due to the government`s fishery program since 2007, an official said.
The director general of fishery product processing and marketing of the ministry of fisheries and marine resources, Martani Huseini, said in 2009 the country`s production of seaweed reached 2,574,000 tons and is expected to reach 10 million tons in 2014.
With regard to carrageenin product he said Indonesia still controlled around 13 per cent of the world`s market in 2007 and 13.7 per cent in 2008, 14 per cent in 2009 and predictably 15 per cent this year.
He said the country`s carrageenin and national seaweed contribution to the world market could still be increased in view of the potential to develop seaweed business and industry in the country.
He said the central government continued encouraging seaweed producing regions in the country to keep developing the commodity to boost the country`s economy.
Some regions which are potential to become seaweed producers include Gorontalo in Sulawesi, East Nusa Tenggara, Central, North, Southeast, West and South Sulawesi, East Java and Banten.
To meet the production target the government has implemented an integrated processing program, he said.