PUTRAJAYA: A loan of RM5,000 has been allocated to fishermen’s associations as a working capital for them to start their own business at farmers’ markets.
Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) chairman Datuk Irmohizam Ibrahim said this was the start of the initiative following the launch of the war against middlemen in the fisheries sector programme by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently.
“Fama has also allocated places for fishermen or fishermen’s associations to market their catch directly.
“This (direct selling) will reduce the fish prices from 5% to 20% and help reduce the burden on consumers,” he said after a briefing and discussion on Policy and Implementation of Jihad to Abolish Middlemen in the Fisheries Sub-Sector at LKIM here yesterday.
Irmohizam said that this jihad (strife) is to enable fishermen or their family members to become entrepreneurs. — Bernama