PORT KLANG – The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry has approved the construction of two jetties in Sungai Lima here to facilitate fishermen in the area to land their catches.
Its minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the jetties, costing RM250,000 each, would be built soon following complaints from fishermen who had to land their catches in Pulau Ketam due to the lack of jetties and fish landing centre in Sungai Lima.
“The ministry will also set up a Malaysian Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM) maintenance centre there and, as such, the fishermen in Sungai Lima no longer need to go to Pulau Ketam to land fishes,” he said when speaking at a gathering with Pulau Ketam and Bagan Sungai Lima fishermen in Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Pulau Ketam here today.
Also present were LKIM chairman Datuk Seri Dr Irmohizam Ibrahim, Kapar UMNO Division head Kapar Datuk Faizal Abdullah and about 100 fishermen and caged fish breeders from the two areas.
Ahmad Shabery said the ministry also encouraged caged fish breeders on the island to apply for grants worth RM50,000 for the Malaysian Good Agricultural Practices (MyGAP) scheme.
Ahmad Shabery said based on the ministry’s record, there were 53 fish breeder entrepreneurs in Pulau Ketam but only one entrepreneur has a MyGAP certificate, which allowed them to export livestock products abroad.
As a result of the negotiations made by the federal government with the state government, he said the temporary occupation licence (TOL) for caged fish breeders in Pulau Ketam being imposed by the state government would be reduced from RM4 for every sq metre to RM0.40 for every sq metre. – BERNAMA