Shrimp Farmer Group Keburuhan is located in Keburuhan Village, Ngombol District, Purworejo Regency. This group is located around the UGM collaboration station/pond area which is the result of the collaboration between the Purworejo Regency Government and the UGM Fisheries Department. The UGM collaboration pond itself stopped operating again in 2003, then stopped operating, then operated again in a short period of time in 2008, and after it stopped operating. The main problem faced is limited capital, while on the other hand the investment and operation of shrimp ponds is very high and has a high risk nature.
The Keburuhan shrimp farmer group was founded in 2014 as a response to the widespread shrimp farming in the coastal sandy areas of Purworejo. This condition was triggered by an outbreak of the Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) which attacked most of the world’s shrimp producers, resulting in a drastic decline in world shrimp production and a sharp increase in shrimp prices. This moment is then used by shrimp farmers in Purworejo by opening up and converting coastal sandy land into shrimp ponds. This moment was also used by the Fisheries Department to revitalize and rebuild a 2,000 m2 shrimp pond from the total available land of 10 ha. This shrimp pond is equipped with a guard house that functions as a warehouse and research station. Currently the condition of the guard house is damaged and requires a number of repairs. Given the limited capital, currently the shrimp ponds are still operating through operational cooperation with partners. This cooperation includes sharing of capital, technology, and profit sharing. As long as the shrimp ponds are operating, the Department of Fisheries continues to monitor the performance of shrimp farming.
The condition of the pond guard house before repair (left) and after repair (right)
Shrimp Farm Culture Unit in Keburuhan