Farmers urged to venture into commercial crawfish breeding to meet local and overseas demand

Pooh (left) showing Uggah (right) a marketable size crawfish.

SERIAN, Aug 22: Farmers have been urged to tap into the opportunities in crawfish breeding by venturing into the commercial production of crawfish, which are in huge demand both locally and abroad.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said this after visiting Tian Yen Enterprise’s crawfish breeding project at Tarat here today.

“We hope some of our farmers will be keen to venture into this project. They can learn from the company.

“Crawfish is another economic activity full of potentials. This is also our trial project run by a private company,” he said.

Uggah (third right) holding up some crawfish from a fishing pond during his working visit to Tian Yen Enterprise at Tarat, Serian today (Aug 22, 2021).

Uggah, who is also Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, said he was very happy with the progress shown by Tian Yen Enterprise since the company started six months ago.

He noted the company had managed to produce crawfish weighing 600 grammes which are marketable.

Meanwhile, Tian Yen Enterprise chief business development officer Tom Pooh Siang Sung was on hand to brief Uggah and showed him around when the latter had his working visit to his farm.

He added the company’s plan was to gradually move into the export markets in Singapore, Japan, China and Cambodia.

“Locally, we are trying to start producing by this December and we are moving in stages in our expansion.

“Crawfish production needs time, five to six months, to produce the marketable size.

“Now we are in the fry production stage. Then we will ramp up our production,” he said. — DayakDaily