SANDAKAN: State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong on Wednesday announced Sandakan as the first crab hatchery centre in Sabah.
“After taking over the government, we realised the crab industry has high potential to be developed based on the demand and Sabah itself does not have a crab hatchery.
“This initiative actually began several months ago and as in Sandakan there are two crab hatchery operators who had successfully embarked on crab breeding,” he said after visiting the Haiky Aquaculture Sdn Bhd located at Sungai Kayu, Mile 7, here.
Also present were State Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Frankie Poon and Vivian Wong, the DAP candidate for the Sandakan parliamentary by-election.
Meanwhile, Wong said the State Government welcomes and will facilitate anyone who is keen to open up a crab nursery.
“I was told that the main problem faced is inadequate space to breed crabs, so there is suggestion to use mangrove forests for the purpose.
“We are planning to set up cages in a systematic and sustainable way. It’s like breeding crabs in the wild,” he added.
Wong said this was not only to ensure locals adequate supply of crabs but also to enjoy 800gm-1kg crab at only around RM30 to RM40.
He said the crab hatchery would boost the economic potential of Sandakan and employment opportunities as the operators need to hire around 100-200 workers to do the work.
“Moreover, not only we can fulfil the demand of the locals but also can be exported to other countries such as China which will eventually bring Sandakan’s economy to greater heights.