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Pristine waterways in interior Sarawak can propel ornamental fish industry forward

on 29 November 2011.

SAMARAHAN: Pristine waterways in interior Sarawak are suitable for the breeding and production of ornamental fish for export.

Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang said given such a potential, the state hoped to be the leader in arowana fish production in the country.

“Ornamental fish like the arowana is a big and lucrative industry which can be done in Sarawak as the state is endowed with many rivers which are still pristine in the interior areas.”

In 2009, the country produced 632 million ornamental fish valued at RM783mil by 470 breeders which involved a breeding and production area of about 800ha, he said during the launch of a seminar and exhibition at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) here yesterday.


Closer look: Unimas students Zalwani Ahamad (centre) and her friends Nor Atikah (left) and Zaniah Ishak admiring the arowanas in an aquarium at the exhibition. — ANDRE OLIVEIRO / The Star

His text of speech was read by Agriculture Assistant Minister Datuk Mong Dagang.

Jabu, who is Modernisation of Agriculture Minister, said the Federal Government placed much emphasis on ornamental fish trade, a new business opportunity, under the Agro Food Policy because it was a high-value commodity under the agriculture sector’s National Key Economic Areas (NKEA).

Based on the trade’s potential, the Government had set a target to produce about 3 billion ornamental fish by the year 2020 and assistance such as technical service, biosecurity and export management had been planned towards the end.

“This new source of income is expected to create more than 9,000 jobs for the people,” he said.

Earlier, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong, in his text of speech read by Fisheries Department deputy director-general Ismai Abu Hassan, said the ministry targetted to produce 1,500 million ornamental fish valued around RM1,700mil under the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP).

Malaysia is among the major ornamental fish producers in the world and under the 9MP, the country saw a growth of 15% in fish breeding and trade.

“We produce various and high quality fish groups like cichlid such as discus and angelfish; poecilids comprising guppy, swordtail and molly; cyprinid such as goldfish, koi and tiger barb; and characins.”

He said the arowana was another lucrative fish which saw 316,000 produced, valued at RM146mil in 2009.

“The Malaysian Golden Arowana is the most expensive fish and mainly produced in Kerian District, Perak and this makes the state the leader in arowana breeding and production.”

There were about 130 arowana breeders throughout the country and they were mainly found in Johor, Malacca, Selangor, Negri Sembilan, Penang and Kedah, he said.

“Presently, only 27 arowana breeders, including two from Sarawak, have registered their farms with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES),” he said.

Chua said breeders should register their farms with CITES to facilitate arowana export because the fish trade was controlled.

Extracted from thestar.

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