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Tuesday August 5, 2008

RM10m eco-friendly fish farm set up in Pekan

PEKAN: Majuikan Sdn Bhd, which is wholly owned by Lembaga Kemajuan Ikan Malaysia (LKIM), has established a RM10mil eco-friendly farm to produce fish fry.

Established under the East Coast Economic Region’s fish-farming initiative, the 8ha farm, a joint venture between Majuikan and Mytrans Holding Sdn Bhd, will be known as MyIkan.

MyIkan is expected to produce up to 500 tonnes of fish a year.

Utilising technology from Norway, MyIkan is an eco-friendly, closed-water recirculating fish farm using latest aquaculture technology.

LKIM director-general Datuk Mustafa Ahmad said the farm would be fully operational by yearend with the first harvest expected in June next year.

“The farm is being developed in two stages. The present phase is on fish production while the second phase will see the development of a hatchery and a post-harvest processing centre.

“The construction of a grow-out farm is expected to be completed in August,” he said.

He said that MyIkan was 100% Malaysian-owned but operated on Norwegian technology.

The Norwegian experts would design, test and run the farm for a certain period as a part of the technology-transfer process, he added.

Mustafa said the farm would have selected marine species such grouper, which was sold locally and abroad.

“There is growing demand in the aquaculture sector. MyIkan has contacts in the fish supply chain and buyers from Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and China,” he said.

Malaysia’s per capita consumption of fish is 49kg, among the highest in the world.

It is estimated that national demand for fish would expand to 1.5 million tonnes by 2010, with per capita consumption reaching 56kg.

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