Largest prawn farm to create 3,000 jobs

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Largest prawn farm to create 3,000 jobs

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KOTA KINABALU: Malaysia’s largest prawn farm is set to create more than 3,000 jobs in the northernmost part of Sabah, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.

Musa said the RM1.23bil integrated aquaculture project at Pitas, Kudat, was aimed at providing job opportunities and helping the rural poor.

The project, known as the Pitas Shrimp Park, involved the participation of local communities in the farming project, he added.

Musa said the people would also benefit from the accompanying in­­frastructure development brought in by the joint venture project between Yayasan Sabah’s Inno-Fisheries Sdn Bhd and Sun­light Seafood (Sabah) Sdn Bhd.

“People will benefit with the ar­rival of new roads, electricity and piped water that will be connected with the project,” said Musa when launching the project at Kg Kuyuh, about 200km from here yesterday.

With about 1,500 shrimp ponds, the facility will include a hatchery, a research and development laboratory, as well as a training centre on the commercial production of Pacific white shrimp.

Musa said some RM963mil in­vested in the project came from the private sector.

The chief minister was confident that the project would have a strong impact on the economic transformation of Pitas and could assist the hardcore poor in breaking out of poverty.

The Star Online – Shrimpnews

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