Farmers in Sikka District of East Nusa Tenggara are starting to engage in seaweed farming after years of inactivity due to the collapse of the industry. This is an important milestone in Rikolto’s efforts to unlock seaweed’s untapped economic potential in transforming rural livelihoods.
On a meeting between farmers of Reroroja Village of Sikka, Rikolto, Kalimajari, Reroja Village Government and Iskak Indrayani, a representative from private sector, on Tuesday (28/5), farmers said that they are interested in seaweed farming because of its potential economic value. “Years ago we cultivated seaweed but we could not find buyers, but through this meeting, we are certain that there are buyers out there. It is really important for us to know that we can sell our seaweed,” said one of the farmers, Paulinus Evence.
Paulinus started farming seaweed two months ago. With support from Rikolto and Kalimajari, he learnt how to cultivate seaweed, things that he had never learnt previously. He picked up the lessons pretty quickly and ended up passing on the gained knowledge to other farmers in his village.