Kiandee (left) and other officials watching the processing of a giant tuna fish.
LABUAN: The South China Sea, Sulu Sea and Sulawesi Sea Strategic Development Plan 2021-2030 involving six main thrusts to improve the tuna fishing industry in the country was launched on Monday in this island duty free. Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is a continuation of a similar plan launched 19 years ago in 2002. It now focuses on increasing tuna landings from the three seas mentioned. Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said the strategic plan is also in line with the government’s hope to meet the development policy of the country’s deep-sea fishing industry, which is also in tandem with the National Agri-Food Policy 2.0. “The strategic plan aims for a competitive outcome of ensuring that the development of the tuna industry in the country can be implemented more comprehensively through the addition of more offshore vessels for tuna fishing in the Malaysian exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and the high seas and improve tuna landings in Malaysia to 150,000 metric tonnes, ”he said at the launch.
He said other goals included the development of modern integrated deep sea and tuna fishing vessels, meeting national and international resolutions to achieve 85%, and improving the market for high quality tuna products at the national level and international. “The strategic plan will also help to serve as a catalyst for the development of the tuna industry through private investment, sustainable development of the tuna fishing industry and compliance with international standards, human capital development. in tuna fishing and processing and finally in improving technological development, ”he said. Ronald said that although Sabah and Labuan are located in East Malaysia, the tuna harvest in the South China Sea, Sulu Sea and Sulawesi Sea needs to be managed, neat and exploited so that tuna landings can be improved and the incomes of local fishermen improved. . The six main axes of the strategic plan are – Axis 1: Compliance with national and international instrumentation for deep-sea fishing and tuna; Core 2: Development of vessel specifications and tools and determination of the tuna quota; Core 3: Development and improvement of tuna fishing technology. Axis 4: Development of a management, control and profiling system for tuna fishing; Axis 5: Improvement of the monitoring capacity of tuna fishing and Axis 6: Improvement of post-catch quality and value-added tuna fishing.
MAFI launched the National Agri-Food Policy 2021-2030 (DAN 2.0) in October to stimulate economic growth and improve the well-being of the population, in addition to prioritizing the country’s food security and national food nutrition. “In addition to DAN 2.0, the promotion of deep-sea fishing through the modernization of vessels is part of the efforts implemented by MAFI through the Department of Fisheries (DOF) as part of the National Food Security Policy 2021 -2030 (DSMN) which aims to ensure a constant supply of protein food sources, ”said Ronald. To this end, he said the government has allocated a fund of Ringgit 150million to finance the vessel modernization program and mechanized fishing, with Ringgit 100million reserved for areas A and B and Ringgit 50million for zones C and C2. “To date, we have received 265 applications for a total of RM 108 million that have been approved at DOF level, and of this amount, RM 92 million is to fund the modernization program and RM 16 million for funding. of the mechanization program, ”he said. . Ronald also said that the federal government has given its pledge and allocated 14 million ringgit to the fisheries department to undertake the commercial deep sea and tuna fishing development project with the aim of improving landings and participation. industry players outside the high seas with added value. and tuna fishing under the 12th Malaysian Plan (12MP). “With this initiative, the management and control of commercial fishing can be improved through digital platforms, improvements in international compliance, improved landing facilities and handling of fishery products and also help to increase deep-sea fishing and tuna production, ”he said. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and / or WhatsApp channels for the latest unmissable news.
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