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Aquaculture industry production almost surpasses MYR4B in 2023

KUALA SELANGOR (BERNAMA) – Malaysia’s national aquaculture industry successfully recorded approximately 492,680 metric tonnes of production worth MYR3.9 billion last year, said Department of Fisheries director-general Datuk Adnan Hussain.

He said DOF is also working towards increasing the contribution of the national aquaculture sector by focusing on the farming of tilapia gift, tilapia merah, ikan susu, keli, aiakap, patin, lampam, kelah, udang putih and udang harimau.

“At the exhibition under the aquaculture segment of Central Zone MADANI Rakyat programme, the Department of Fisheries showcased species such as udang harimau, udang putih, ikan kelah and lampam that adopted biofloc technology and Good Agricultural Practices (myGAP) in the fisheries sector.

He said this exhibition also introduces biofloc technology, which is an aquaculture system that recycles nutrient waste as fish food.

“Through this technology, it will facilitate farmers in controlling water quality and disease outbreaks and subsequently, entrepreneurs will be able to increase their aquaculture yields.

In addition, Adnan also said that DOF aims to achieve a total of 500,000 metric tonnes for aquaculture production with an average income of MYR3,800 per month for aquaculture farmers by 2024.

Fish sold at a market stall. PHOTO: BERNAMA