Production Target Of 727,300 MT By 2015
MALAYSIA - he agriculture and agro-based industry ministry is confident the nation's aquaculture production target of 727,300 metric tonnes worth RM7 billion will be achieved by 2015.
Its deputy minister, Datuk Wira Mohd Johari Baharum, said it would enable Malaysia to exceed its protein self-sufficiency from fish and increase readiness for export to the global market.
Such development was expected to offer about 40,000 job opportunities to locals, he said.
He was speaking to reporters after the launch of the Terengganu Aquaculture Investment Seminar by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Said here today.
Also present was Fisheries Department director-general Datuk Ahamad Sabki Mahmood.
Mohd Johari said the government had formulated a policy and direction for competitive aquaculture with various strategies for implementation through a development programme in the next five years.
He said the government would also create a pro-business environment to encourage participation from the private sector and generate growth in the local aquaculture industry.