High demand for soft-shell crabs, minister calls for greater private sector participation

Dr Rundi (third left) holding a soft-shell crab during his recent working visit to Ginger & Coconut Sdn Bhd in Loba Stoh, Rambungan. Photo credit: Ukas

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LUNDU, March 28: With mud crabs, particularly soft-shell crabs, in high demand, more Sarawakian entrepreneurs are urged to take up mud crab farming.

According to a Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas) news report, Modernisation of Agriculture and Regional Development Minister Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom made this call during a recent working visit to Ginger & Coconut Sdn Bhd, a company which breeds mangrove crabs in Loba Stoh, Rambungan.

“There is a high demand for mud crabs, especially soft-shell crabs, but the number of operators is very low,” said Dr Rundi.

As a result, he pointed out, mud crab farming is one of the branches that will be considered in order to ensure the safety of food supply or food security in Sarawak.

The Sarawak government has always prioritised the development of the State’s aquaculture industry in order to serve both the domestic and export market, stressed Dr Rundi.

Also participating in the visit were Manred Deputy Minister Martin Ben and Sarawak Agriculture Department acting director Dominic Chunggat.

Meanwhile, Ginger & Coconut Sdn Bhd is an aquaculture company which operates in Sarawak by vertically integrating mud crab farming, shrimp farming, as well as processing and packaging.

Ginger & Coconut Sdn Bhd has a farm in Loba Stoh and also in Telaga Air, with a total of 46 ponds.

Twenty-one of these ponds are used to farm hard-shelled and soft-shelled crabs. — DayakDaily