PLANS are afoot to develop an aquaculture industrial zone in the State’s most northern district of Lawas.
The zone would cover the Awat-Awat Resettlement Scheme, Kampung Punang and Sundar area.
Apparently, the three areas are already well-known for fishing and downstream fishery activities.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Alfred Jabu Numpang, who is also Minister of Modernisation of Agriculture, said experts from the Agriculture Department are conducting a study on the proposed zone and the state would seek funds from the Federal Government to start the project.
“Having Brunei, Labuan and Sabah as its neighbours, a big market is already available to supply the products,” he is quoted as saying.
Well aquaculture is one of the State’s priority industries under the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).
And rightly so because there is a huge world market for farmed seafood because resources from the sea and rivers are depleting.
In order to protect wild fisheries, many experts have suggested that farmed is best to meet global demand and ensure sustainable fisheries.
We must of course ensure that our aquaculture industry meets international standards in terms of sustainability and health standards.
With the use of certified best practices, our aquaculture products will definitely find a lucrative international market.
The fact that an industrial zone has been proposed seems to indicate that Lawas would also be the site for the processing of the aquaculture products and would hence be able to value-add with downstream products.
This will definitely help to ensure there are thriving industries to stimulate the local economy and that there are jobs for the local populace as well as.
Real transformation for a secure future for Sarawakians and not just passing change.
The Bernama report:
Sarawak Plans Aquaculture Industrial Zone For Northernmost District
KUCHING, March 12 (Bernama) — Sarawak plans to develop an aquaculture industrial zone in Lawas to further tap the industry’s potential in the northernmost district in the state.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Alfred Jabu said, the zone would cover the Awat-Awat Resettlement Scheme, Kampung Punang and Sundar area in the district.
At a press conference after officiating a briefing on the National Agrofood Policy 2011-2020 here, he said the three areas were well-known for fishing and downstream fishery activities.
“Having Brunei, Labuan and Sabah as its neighbours, a big market is already available to supply the products (from the proposed zone),” he said.
According to him, the Sarawak Agriculture Department had already deployed experts to conduct a study on the proposed zone and the state would be bidding for funds from the Federal Government to start the project.