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Penang govt and centre to help fishermen start oyster farming

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PENANG is keen on tapping potentials in oyster farming to further boost the aquaculture industry, says state Agriculture and Agro-based Industries Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin. 

He said oyster farming is yet to be deeply explored even though organisations such as Universiti Sains Malaysia’s Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (Cemacs) carries out breeding for research purposes.

“We want to promote the opening of oyster farms in Penang, because at present they are mainly based in Sungai Merbok, Kedah,” he told a press conference during a visit to Cemacs at Monkey Beach, Penang, recently.

Dr Afif said the state government would work closely with Cemacs to identify those who are able to carry out oyster farming in Penang.

“It is also another opportunity for our fishermen to consider instead of merely relying on unpredictable amounts in fish catch to earn a living,” he said.

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