Do not panic over ris­ing fish prices, pub­lic told

New Straits Times - - News -

BATU PAHAT: The Fish­eries De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Malaysia (LKIM) has ad­vised the pub­lic not to panic over the ris­ing prices of fish dur­ing Ra­madan and ahead of the Hari Raya Aidil­fitri cel­e­bra­tion.

Its chair­man, Datuk Seri Dr Ir­mo­hizam Ibrahim, said the depart­ment would hold a meet­ing with the Na­tional Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion (Nek­mat), the Fed­eral Agri­cul­tural Mar­ket­ing Au­thor­ity (Fama) and the Depart­ment of Fish­eries, to dis­cuss sta­bil­is­ing the prices of fish, es­pe­cially at farm­ers’ mar­kets.

“I have re­ceived feed­back from fish­er­men, es­pe­cially in the Straits of Malacca that al­though the weather is fine, tur­bu­lence in the sea has af­fected their catch.

“In terms of catches, ac­cord­ing to (his­tor­i­cal) data, from March un­til Septem­ber the num­bers should go up, but look­ing at the cur­rent at­mos­phere, when the fish­er­men are at sea, there are un­pre­dictable strong winds,” he said af­ter dis­tribut­ing cash al­lowances to 601 fish­er­men from the Batu Pahat Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion here yes­ter­day. Ber­nama

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