More centres to ease fish fry shortage
Daily Express
20 October 2007

Sandakan: Sabah is still facing a shortage of about 30 million fish fries annually but that is expected to be overcome with the opening of more production centres, Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Haji Abdul Rahim Ismail said Friday.

He said at the moment there were only six hatcheries supplying fish fries but his Ministry was in the process of identifying several locations to set up new fish fry hatcheries throughout the State.

He said it was not only to deal with the shortage but also to meet the protein-source food demand of the people. "The current supply is only 10 million a year but the demand is more than 40 million and that has caused us to seek elsewhere for the fish fries," said Rahim.

Speaking after visiting the Borneo Aqua Harvest Hatchery Centre in Palak Island, near here, Rahim said his Ministry was also in the midst of finalising its report concerning the building of a National Aquaculutre Centre in Sabah for the State Cabinet for consideration.

During the visit to the hatchery, its Chief Executive Officer Datuk Lo Fui Ming briefed the Minister on its capabilities to produce up to five million fish fries, making the hatchery the biggest producer not only in Sabah but also in Malaysia.

Also accompanying Rahim on the visit to the hatchery was State Fisheries Department Director Rayner Datuk Stuel Galid.