KUALA LUMPUR – The government does not intend to set a ceiling price for ‘ikan kembung’ (mackerel) even though its price has increased.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said it was better to let the market determine the price as price control might lead to fish stock abuse.
“In economy, less regulation is better. Let the market determine it; if we control it, there might be abuse,” he said during the Ministers’ Question Time at the Dewan Rakyat today.
He was responding to Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid (BN-Kuala Kangsar) who had asked about the sudden increase in the price of ikan kembung and steps to control the situation.
Ahmad Shabery said the price increase was expected to be temporary.
“It is due to the change in the weather pattern this year. We expected the monsoon to end in January or February and ikan kembung to be abundant in March but it does not seem to be.
“Hopefully the landings will be plentiful in April and stabilise the price,” he said.
To a supplementary question from Mastura on the government’s plan to develop freshwater fish breeding and reduce the country’s dependence on marine fish, Ahmad Shabery said it was afoot.
He said more potential freshwater fish areas would be developed nationwide to achieve the 50 per cent target. – BERNAMA