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Malaysia Targets RM6.9 billion Aquaculture Industry

by the Fish Site Editor
26 June 2009, at 1:00am

MALAYSIA - Malaysia's production of aquaculture products is expected to reach 508,000 metric tonnes or worth RM6.9 billion by end of next year, Fisheries Department Director-General Datuk Junaidi Che Ayub said.

He said the products would come from 49 aquaculture industrial zones, covering 28,000 hectares, in the country, reports Bernama.

The areas, he said, included the fish in cage rearing projects at Temenggor Lake, Banding, Perak, and in Langkawi, Kedah.

According to the Bernama report, the produce from Temenggor Lake would be exported to the United States of America, while products from Langkawi would be exported to Hong Kong, he told reporters after opening the National Aquaculture Seminar here Thursday.

Referring to the aquaculture industrial zones, Junaidi, said the Agriculture and Agrobased Industry Ministry, through the National Aquaculture Development Plan, collaborated with the state governments in identifying the sites and providing the necessary assistance, including infrastructure, to aquaculture project operators, involving an allocation of RM358 million.

the Fish Site Editor