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Startups in Asia: Indonesia's eFishery aims for more efficient aquaculture

Startup's high-tech approach to feeding fish reduces waste and hassle

Thai fishermen catch freshwater white tilapia at a fish farm in Samut Prakarn Province. Tilapia is one of the fish commonly farmed by eFishery users.   © Reuters

JAKARTA It was the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in 2007. Gibran El Farizy, a student at the Bandung Institute of Technology in West Java in Indonesia, was starving.

Farizy's parents were late sending his monthly allowance of 600,000 rupiah (about $45 at the current exchange rate), and he barely had enough money to buy the cheap soft drink he wanted to break his fast with. For three days, he relied on a few dates and water to break the fast, and just water before dawn prior to resuming his fast the next day.

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