A sea of rectangular ponds stretch out far to the north of Losarang village. They occupy an area almost as big as the settlement itself. This part of West Java is the heartland of Indonesian aquaculture. It single-handedly contributed 30% of the country’s overall fish farm production of more than six million tonnes in 2019.

Losarang and its neighbouring villages are famous for a type of catfish called Lele. The deep-fried whole fish—served with rice and chili sauce—is a common working-class meal in Indonesia.

Losarang village in West Java

Indonesia is among the world’s top three producers of cultured fish.

AUTHOR

Nadine Freischlad

Nadine is based in Indonesia. She covers Southeast Asia's super apps, the changing nature of work and employment, and other structural shifts happening as a result of digital disruption.

View Full Profile

Sign up to our Southeast Asia edition to read this story instantly

To sign up, you’ll create an account that will give you access to a new free story published once a week and archive of previously published free stories from our Southeast Asia edition. You’ll also receive one email every morning from us introducing the day’s story.

If you’ve already signed up, just enter your email below or login using Facebook or Google.