|Sabah Seaweed Cluster Project in Semporna
The Sabah Seaweed Cluster Project launched in Semporna on 3rd November 2012 will be part of a high-impact sector by 2020
Based on the plans for the National Key Economic Area (NKEA) project, the seaweed industry in Sabah, especially in Semporna which has been recognized as a national seaweed producing district, will be transformed into an important national industry.
Seaweed production in the project is expected to rise to 900,000 metric tones a year with an export value of RM1.4 billion.
Sabah government has allocated RM46 million to Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) to implement a seaweed mini estate project and RM8.3 million to about 300 participants of the seaweed cluster project under the Agriculture Department.
The UMS project encompasses 11 groups in Semporna, Kunak, Lahad Datu and Tawau, while there are four groups in the cluster project.
The government also allocated RM17 million for research and development projects by Universiti Malaya, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Sains Malaysia and UMS.
October 05, 2010 11:19 AM By Elizabeth Majaham
Seaweed Estates Taking Shape In Sabah
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is trying out the mini estate concept to boost seaweed production that may help Malaysia emerge as one of the global seaweed producer.
The seaweed estates are now under trial in Semporna on the east coast of Sabah, the location seen most suitable as it is part of the Coral Triangle encompassing leading seaweed producers Indonesia and the Philippines.
UMS is in the Malaysian Seaweed Development Industry Steering Committee chaired by the Fisheries Department.
|March 19, 2010 16:26 PM
Bahrain Shows Interest In Sabah's Seaweed Cultivation Project
KOTA KINABALU, March 19 (Bernama) -- Bahrain has shown interest in a seaweed cultivation project in Sabah and may consider possible joint ventures.
Yayasan Sabah group's executive chairman and director Tan Sri Datu Khalil Datu Jamalul said this was indicated by Bahrain's Minister of State of Foreign Affairs Dr Nezar Sadiq Al-Baharnah who led a delegation to call on him at Menara Tun Mustapha near here Friday.
Dr Nezar, who is also chairman of Tamkeen, Bahrain's agency for small and medium industries (SMIs), and his entourage are here on a fact-finding mission to establish networking for possible joint ventures in SMIs between Malaysia and Bahrain.
Seaweed is a source of raw material for processing of carrageenan, an alternative to animal-based gelatin as food stabilising agent which is in used in pharmaceutical and other industrial products worldwide.
"Our seawaters are ideal for seaweed cultivation and the potential in the industry is huge. Yayasan Sabah's seaweed cultivation is carried out in Semporna (in the eastern part of Sabah)," said Datu Khalil.
He said Dr Nezar also expressed an interest in Malaysian halal products, saying that this was added value to products which could do well in markets in the Middle East and Europe.
Datu Khalil said in their discussions, he also touched on Yayasan Sabah group's forestry downstream activities such as the production of plywood, veneer and blockboard from its subsidiary in Tawau Plywood Manufacturing Sdn Bhd.
The discussions also touched on biotechnolgy in the tissue culture of superior teak and seaweed cultivation from Yayasan Sabah's fisheries and food division as well as furniture making from its Innoprise Wood Products Sdn Bhd as possible areas that the visitors could look into, he said.