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RM40 million Fish Project Launched

MALAYSIA - The RM40 million Fish Protech Project aims to help increase fisheries production and safeguard the livelihoods of fishermen and producers in at four locations.

“Presently, we are producing about 25 per cent of this, or 170,000 tonnes. With the project, we are confident of increasing production, particularly in aquaculture," said Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Minister Datuk Mustapa Mohamed.

According to the Star Online, Malaysia hopes to produce 660,000 tonnes of fisheries products by 2010 and it's Government wants to eradicate hardcore poverty among fishermen

The aquaculture project was launched in Kuala Pahang by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the three other locations are earmarked in Johor, Kedah and Kelantan. A pilot project in Kampung Bagan Lalang, Sepang, has proved very successful and produced good yields.

Mustapa said the Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) had secured an agreement to use the technology from Australia with local modifications. LKIM officials would supervise the project and ensure its success.

“The first batch of 300 fishermen will rear freshwater fish such as talapia, keli and patin all year round without depending on weather or sea conditions. After six months of harvesting, each fishermen receive a minimum of RM500 as dividend,” said Mustapa.

Mustapa thanked the state under Adnan's leadership for supporting the ministry. He said, besides the 10 acres in Kuala Pahang, the state had approved 200 acres for an aquaculture project in Nenasi.

“Approval has been granted for a food production park in Lanchang and the Government hopes the projects will contribute towards achieving the food production targets under its the Third National Agriculture Policy.

View the Star Online story by clicking here.