BUTTERWORTH: The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based Industries targets a total of 3,000 metric tonnes of tuna fish to be landed at the Penang Port here by year’s end.
Its minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek told newsmen that the goal is attainable, as to date, 1,100 metric tonnes of tuna has been landed at the port.
"The Ministry's target is achievable considering how much has been landed here, with the help of the federal government and the private sector.
"The 3,000 metric tonnes of tuna fish (we are aiming for is) valued at RM60 million," he said at the launch of the tuna fish landing at Dermaga Air Dalam Penang Port by Kha Yang 333 vessel today.
Shabery said that the Ministry is also confident of reaching the 130,000 metric tonnes of tuna fish target, valued at RM1 billion, to be landed in Malaysia, including at the port in Labuan, by the year 2020.
Also present during the event were Penang Port Commission (PPC) chairman Datuk Tan Teik Cheng and Fisheries Department director Datuk Munir Mohd Nawi.