KUALA LUMPUR: The supply of fish in the country is adequate and the recent surge in demand is caused by panic buying following reports of a food crisis, the Fisheries Department said.
Its chief executive Mohd Sufian Sulaiman said the department always made sure supplies were sufficient.
“Don’t panic, buy because we have enough supplies from fish farming and catching activities,” he told reporters as he launched a campaign to consume freshwater fish here. Saturday May 28.
Mohd Sufian said that on average, Malaysians consume about 42 kg of fish per year.
He also said the department is also ensuring that fishermen receive technical training to use new technologies such as the Internet of Things (IoT) and super-intensive systems to increase productivity.
Super Intensive is a technological system that addresses fish-related food safety that produces a small “footprint” but with up to three times better results.
The campaign launched on Saturday was an effort by the Department of Fisheries to encourage the community to use freshwater fish in their daily cooking menu, thereby increasing the demand and production of freshwater fish.
It was chaired by Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry 1 Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah as a continuation at the state level after the launch at the national level by the Minister of Agriculture and food industry Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee on May 24. – Bernama