JOHOR BARU: The Agriculture and Agro-based Ministry assures Malaysians that the supply of seafood for Chinese New Year celebrations is more than enough.
Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said the ministry had taken several steps, including putting a temporary stop on the exports of exporting several types of fish.
The Pulai MP added that such measures were taken to ensure that local demand, especially during the upcoming festive season, would be met.
"I have been given a briefing that our supply is enough as several types of fish cannot be exported temporarily.
"This is to ensure that our supply is enough for the Chinese New Year celebrations.
"We have to look at it from a price perspective as well, and I hope the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry will look into that," he added.
Salahuddin said this after witnessing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) exchanged between Johor Corporation (JCorp), the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) and the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) here on Sunday (Jan 20).
On an unrelated matter, Salahuddin, who is also Parti Amanah Negara deputy president, said his ministry was planning to put coconut plantations under the MPIB soon.
He added that the coconut industry was a new source of income for the country that had huge potential.
Salahuddin said that even though the matter was still in the planning stages, the ministry would seriously look into it before bringing it before Cabinet later this year.