MOA to make seaweed major agriculture product in Semporna
Last Update: 15/09/2019
SEMPORNA, Sept 15 -- The sea condition in Semporna, which is very ideal for seaweed farming has prompted the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry (MOA) to make seaweed a major agricultural product in the district.
The ministry’s secretary-general, Datuk Mohd Sallehhuddin Hassan said seaweed planting project had been carried out in Semporna since 2010 and the use of the produce had been diversified for many purposes, including in the making of beauty products.
“The seaweed is in abundance, but the income of the operators remains low because of the low price of the seaweed harvest, compared to seaweed products,” he said, adding that the ministry would look at how to help increase the income of the seaweed growers.
He said this in his speech at the "sixteen walkabout" programme in Kampung Gelam-Gelam in Pulau Bum-Bum and Pulau Ligit-Ligitan here today.
The "Sixteen Walkabout" (16WA) programme, which began last Friday and ends tomorrow, aims to gather information and data on agriculture for the 12th Malaysia Plan. It covers Kota Kinabalu, Papar, Sipitang, Tenom, Keningau, Nabawan, Kalabakan, Tawau and Semporna.
Meanwhile, the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry, in a statement today, said there were about 50 seaweed operators for the clusters in Gelam Gelam and 70 operators at Look Butun, Pulau Bum-Bum.
So far, the harvest recorded at Look Butun and Gelam-Gelam is 50 tonnes. The current price of seaweed in Sabah is RM3.50 per kilogram.
According to the ministry, the walkabout was held to promote the seaweed industry in Sabah.