The assistance of PT Bogatama Marinusa (Bomar) partner farmers has been conducted since April 2017, including through the recording and training scheme. In 2018, the average production was only around sixteen percent of the number of fries stocked; meanwhile, in 2019, this number dropped to around ten percent. This situation has an impact on the income of farm partners. The lack of income derived from aquaculture activities pushes them to find additional income from other jobs. On the other hand, the small amount of average production is not in line with ASC (Aquaculture Stewardship Council) standards. Because, in the fifth principle of the ASC standard, it is required that the level of life of tiger prawns must be above twenty-five percent so that it can be said that fisheries have applied the principle of animal welfare or shrimp welfare.
WWF-Indonesia, in collaboration with PT Bomar, increased its support by promoting the search for solutions to the low SR (survival rate). The support begins by providing training to farm partners. BMP (Better Management Practices) training was held on Wednesday, 11 December 2019, at the Mattiro Sompe Sub-District Office, Pinrang District. The training is intended as a means of discussion and joint learning about how to traditional tiger shrimp farming.
The BMP tiger shrimp training was attended by 30 participants, who were farmers in the district of Matiro Sompe, Pinrang Regency. There were two materials in the workshop. The first is material on tiger shrimp cultivation techniques by utilizing the phronima brought by Abdul Waris. He explained the preparation of cultivated land, selection of fries, pond water quality, growth of natural feed, and various factors that become obstacles in the process of tiger shrimp cultivation. The second speaker was Syarifuddin, who explained the technique of making organic fertilizers and organic pesticides by using plants that are usually widely found around ponds.
On 17 February 2020, BMP training in tiger shrimp cultivation was again carried out in the form of a comparative study to the District of Lanrisang, Pinrang Regency, to see the shrimp farming method applied directly by Waris and Syarifuddin in the field. The Field Training involved farmers from the villages of Ammani, Patobong, Pallameang, and Langnga, Pinrang Regency. The training was shown directly on how to culture or reproduce RICA probiotics (probiotics produced by BPPBAP3 Maros). The farmers were taught one by one of the stages in RICA probiotic culture.
During the discussion session, farmers from Mattiro Sompe gave a proposal regarding the establishment of a pilot pond and RICA house in the Mattiro Sompe area. They hope that the existence of the pilot pond and RICA’s house will make it easier for them. Besides that, the existence of RICA’s pilot ponds and houses in the Mattiro Sompe area can also improve efficiency for farmers, because they do not need to come to Lanrisang to learn and practice improving the quality of their tiger shrimp pond production.