Promote Muar River as agro-tourism hub – Salahuddin

TANGKAK, The Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries will escalate effort to promote four fishermen’s jetties along the Muar River as an agro-tourism product as their surrounding areas are popular giant freshwater prawns fishing destination.

Its minister, Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said that the four jetties were Grisek, Panchor, Bukit Kepong and Renchong which were special in that they could consistently land the giant freshwater prawns resource during certain seasons.

He said that the promotion would include the effort to lure more visitors other than holding international fishing competitions to simultaneously boost the income of the local fishermen and residents in the surrounding area and upgrade their standard of living.

”There are about 100 fishermen eking a living from the river by catching giant freshwater prawns, and on our part, we will endeavour to ensure they are give appropriate assistance and incentive to turn the jetties into a renowned agro-tourism area.

”It includes co-operating with many parties including the state government and Fisheries Department so that we can boost the facilities and supply prawn fry technology other than always ensuring the sustainability of the river by ensuring it is free of the threats of poison and toxic (wastes),” he said when met by reporters after launching a national level giant freshwater prawns fishing competition in conjunction with the 2019 Birthday of the Sultan of Johor at the Grisek Jetty, here today.

Also present was Fisheries Department director-general, Datuk Munir Mohd Nawi.

The competition, organised by the State Fisheries Department, was also a way to educate and spread the importance of looking after the fish resources among the public for the coming generations.

Salahuddin said the giant freshwater prawn species in the Muar River was of a high quality and could give fishermen a lucrative income as a kilo of grade B and C prawns could fetch from RM70 to RM90 and, for grade A, in excess of RM100 a kilogramme.

In another development, Salahuddin, who is also Pulai Member of Parliament, regarded the appointment of the new Menteri Besar, namely, Bukit Kepong State Assemblyman Dr Sahruddin Jamal, as very good to the people of Johor and also hoped that it did not affect any quarter’s interests and maintained a democratic Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)