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S’wak sees pufferfish potential
Published on: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
By: Bernama
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SPAOH: The yellow pufferfish (Xenopterus naritus), or commonly known as ikan buntal, has potential to be exported as a food item, other than becoming a tourist draw for Spaoh.

Spaoh is a small town and a sub-district in Sarawak’s Betong Division, formerly known as Saribas district.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said Batang Saribas was well known for the fish during its spawning season from June to September.

“The pufferfish is a very special fish which requires careful preparation to remove the deadly poison in its blood vessels and egg membrane.

Uggah, who is also state Minister of Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development, suggested that a study be carried out to ensure its long-term survival.

“We have to know its spawning areas along Batang Saribas so as not to disturb those spots.

“If we could do these, and long-term supply is ensured, we can develop the fish as a unique food and tourism product, ” he said. – Bernama

During the event, Uggah announced an allocation of RM30,000 to the festival committee, which was topped up with another RM30,000 from Datuk Robert Lawson Chuat, Member of Parliament for Betong, and RM25,000 from Saribas state assemblyman Mohammad Razi Sitam. — Bernama


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