Indonesia weighs pangasius potential in Saudi Arabia

April 17, 2018

Indonesia’s Ministry of Religion and its Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs plan to add pangasius as a menu item for hajj pilgrims. Sri Ilham Lubis, Director of Hajj Services at the Ministry of Religion, said the number of hajj pilgrims from Indonesia is the largest in the world. Last year the number was 221,000 people. Meanwhile for umrah (mini hajj), the number is even bigger, touching 900,000 people a year. “So, this is a big market opportunity for pangasius from Indonesia,” she said. “We will invite importers from Saudi Arabia to import the fish and also ask caterers there to introduce pangasius from Indonesia on their menu for pilgrims.”