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Fish feed: Minister to obtain patent for local entrepreneur

17th June, 2017

By ERIC BAGANG

MEMBAKUT: The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry will seek to obtain a patent for a fish feed formulated by an agricultural entrepreneur in Kampung Danau Labak, here.

Its minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said his ministry will conduct a feasibility study because the feed has the potential to be commercialised to replace imported fish feed that is costlier.

“The biggest challenge in aquaculture industry is feed because most are produced based on soy and corn which are imported.

“So if this innovation is expanded, it will not only be economical but we can also reduce the outflow of funds, which of course will give better profit margin to entrepreneurs,” he said when met while visiting a fresh water fish breeding project in Kampung Danau Labak, here yesterday.

Norliza Mait who came up with the idea of using flour and anchovy heads as fish feed also has a freshwater fish breeding business model that attracted the attention of the minister.

“I learnt something important in this visit. Not only about breeding fish but she has also created cheaper fish feed that is competitive, using local ingredients like flour and discarded anchovy heads,” he said.

Ahmad Shabery said the ministry will be studying ways to develop the fish feed industry in Kimanis because the area is a major producer of dried anchovies.

Sabah is among the country’s biggest exporters of aquaculture products which is an indication of the state’s potential in the freshwater fish industry.

A large part of the aquaculture industry in Sabah is based on saltwater but many are now turning to freshwater-based aquaculture.

Sabah currently produces 3,500 metric tonnes of freshwater fish annually and Ahmad Shabery hopes to see it double to 8,000 metric tonnes per annum by 2020.

Meanwhile, the minister also visited the Ma Kalas Food Enterprise in Kampung Biau, Bongawan which is a project by the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM).

According to him, the guidance and assistance given by LKIM has enabled a local entrepreneur, Ramli Patera to commercialise his fried fish pickle that has the makings of becoming an exportable product

“This product is unique and special and has the potential to be marketed not only in Malaysia but in other countries. “It is something that we can bring with us when we miss Malaysian food while travelling abroad,” he said.

Ahmad Shabery was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Datuk Seri Anifah Aman who is also Kimanis Member of Parliament, Membakut Assemblyman, Datuk Arifin Arif, and Bongawan Assemblyman, Datuk Mohamad Alamin.

   
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