Malaysia may lift fish ex­port ban amid over­sup­ply

The Nation - - ASEANPLUS -

MALAYSIA’S Fish­eries De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity of Malaysia is cur­rently dis­cussing with Agri­cul­ture and Agro-based Min­istry whether to lift a ban on the ex­port of fish amid an over­sup­ply of fish stock.

The ban was valid from Jan­uary 1 to Fe­bru­ary 28 to en­sure suf­fi­cient sup­ply dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.

Fish­eries au­thor­ity chair­man Muham­mad Faiz Fadzil said cur­rently six types of fish – mack­erel, trevally, In­dian mack­erel, pom­fret, sar­dine and prawns were pro­hib­ited from ex­port. Due to lower de­mand in the lo­cal re­gion, there is ex­ces­sive sup­ply now. Fish­er­men’s freez­ers are now full.

Some fish­er­men are hop­ing that the gov­ern­ment would al­low them to ex­port sev­eral types of fish that are not in high de­mand in the lo­cal re­gion.

Muham­mad Faiz ex­plained that the ex­port ban was aimed at en­sur­ing suf­fi­cient sup­ply of fish stocks in the re­gion to sta­bilise the price.

“The gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion was to en­sure suf­fi­cient sup­ply as the fes­tive sea­son and the cli­mate will af­fect the sup­ply of fish,” he said.

The price of fish is af­fected by the weather too and the au­thor­i­ties are seek­ing a long-term so­lu­tion. He said the depart­ment is also look­ing at ways to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of fish­er­men and re­sources.

The 400-mil­lion ring­git (Bt3 bil­lion) bud­get al­lo­cated for the fish­eries au­thor­ity for this year would be used to up­grade fa­cil­i­ties and re­pair jet­ties, he said.

“We will be look­ing for a po­ten­tial area to build a new jetty and de­cide on the lo­ca­tion based on the re­quest of fish­er­men,” he said.

“We hope to be able to move with change of time, use tech­nol­ogy in a wise man­ner and launch an app for users to check daily prices of all types of fish,” he said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Thailand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.