161 fishing boat owners benefit from the modernization program
ISKANDAR PUTERI: A total of 161 fishing vessel owners registered with the Department of Fisheries (DOF) have benefited from the vessel modernization and equipment mechanization program from January to date.
DOF Director General Ahmad Tarmidzi Ramly said the program was an initiative under the Food Security Policy (DJM) implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) with an allocation of RM 150 million.
“The main objective of the program is to develop the inshore fishing industry by giving the possibility to traditional fishermen in zones A and B to modernize their vessels, install efficient equipment and strengthen the aspect of safety which will simultaneously increase the volume of fish. to catch.
“This program will also reduce dependence on foreign crew members on ships,” he said after visiting DK Naval Technologies’ shipyard in Tanjung Pelepas industrial park here today. .
Also present was the Chairman of the State Committee for Agriculture, Agribusiness and Rural Development, Datuk Samsolbari Jamali.
Ahmad Tarmidzi said the use of modern mechanisms such as seine fishing could reduce the use of labor, which would indirectly give an advantage to the operators of fishing vessels.
Meanwhile, Samsolbari said the state government welcomed the modernization of vessels to boost fishermen’s activities to a higher level.
“As the state with the longest coastline, we should have fully equipped fishing activities, assisted by various chain activities which also add value.
“We therefore encourage fishermen to use automated mechanisms to make the fishing career more interesting,” he added.-Bernama