SANDAKAN: The Beluran Area Fishermen’s Association (PNK) wants more systematic control in marketing seafood products to provide two-way benefits to traders and buyers.
Its chairman Jaini Ating said the move was necessary to limit the production of seafood in the state and fix its prices to provide continuous benefits to producers, the government and the people.
“The move is also to guarantee Sabah will continue to be a producer of high-quality halal seafood products,” he said in a statement, here today.
He also suggested the state government consider allowing PNK and the Sabah Fishermen’s Association to play their role as governing bodies for the export of seafood products in the state, like what had been successfully done in Kedah, Johor, Kelantan and Terengganu.
“It is not only beneficial to the domestic production, but will benefit the people, especially the PNK members and at the same time can provide control and protection of local fishery products,” he said.
Therefore, Jaini viewed the state government’s decision to suspend the export of fresh seafood products from Sabah starting Feb 1 as timely, to enable consumers in the state to easily obtain seafood products at reasonable prices.
State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Yahya Hussin when announcing the decision explained the move was taken to ensure sufficient seafood supply in the local market. – BERNAMA