App helps Indonesian fishermen by cutting out middlemen

Workers processing blue swimming crabs before shipping them to buyers. An app called Aruna connects Indonesian fishermen directly with buyers in the domestic market as well as overseas.
Workers processing blue swimming crabs before shipping them to buyers. An app called Aruna connects Indonesian fishermen directly with buyers in the domestic market as well as overseas.PHOTO: COURTESY OF ARUNA

Four years ago, three final-year IT-business management undergraduates were disturbed when they learnt how little local fishermen made selling their catch, and decided to do something to eliminate middlemen in the industry.

Now, 2,300 fishermen from areas such as Papua, Berau, East Kalimantan and North Maluku sell five tonnes of crabs, two tonnes of fish and three tonnes of clams every month through a smartphone app called Aruna.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2019, with the headline 'App helps Indonesian fishermen by cutting out middlemen'. Subscribe