Nanta suggests Urda sets up sanctuary, hacthery for indigenous fish

Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi
30/03/2022 07:28 PM

SIBU, March 30 (Bernama) -- Upper Rejang Development Agency (Urda) chairman Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi today suggested the agency to set up a sanctuary and hatchery facilities for Sarawak’s indigenous fish species such as empurau, semah and tengadak.

He said this would help to replenish the rivers in the state, especially in Belaga, Katibas, Ngemah, Kanowit, Machan, Kapit and Baleh, with the fish species.

Aware that some rivers have have been negatively affected by logging activities and construction of development projects,  there were areas in the upstream of the rivers still pristine and suitable for the setting up of a hatchery facility.

“It rely can be done because there is a need to replenish our rivers and we know how valuable empurau, semah, tengadak and other fish are.

“Eventhough we have Semenggok Agriculture Research Centre that have been producing fish to replenish the supply in the rivers, I don’t think it will be enough,” he told reporters after closing the Urda Socio Economic Lab here today.

He said such programme should also be carried out in other areas and not confined within the Urda areas only.

Urda is an agency under Regional Corridor Development Authority (RECODA) of Sarawak that was established on July 12, 2017 to spur development in areas encompassing Kapit, Kanowit, Song, Belaga and Bukit Mabong, covering 41,186 square kilometer.

It was allocated RM1.5 billion for development projects under 11th Malaysian Planand Premier of Sarawak Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg had announced in Oct last year that Urda would be allocated another RM1.5 billion under 12th Malaysian Plan.

Nanta, the Kapit Member of Parliament who is Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs,  said, 10 per cent out of the allocation would be catered for social economic development of the people within Urda area.

“This is important because apart from providing basic infrastructure projects, the people in the area need to be assisted in increasing their income.

On the two-day Urda Socio Economic Lab programme, he said, it had outlined what needed to be focused on, especially the fast and easy, short and medium term activities so that the people would not need to wait too long to increase their income.

He hoped all stakeholders would play their role so that the plans would be able to be executed successfully.