Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is mulling proposal to include the environmental impact information on the labelling of aquaculture produce here, Parliament was told.
Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the label would inform consumers of the environmental impacts during production process.
“Generally, aquaculture operators like fish farmers have to abide by stringent regulations by the Department of Environment, so such indication in the label of produces will further improve awareness among consumers and help regulate operations by the farmers.
“The current regulations among others stated that every fish farm must be equipped with treatment pond to prevent untreated water from being released and might harm the environment,” he said in responding to a supplementary question by Datuk Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (Pas-Parit Buntar).
Ismail said the National Agro-food Policy 2011-2020 set by the ministry categorised three aquaculture sectors, namely, fish produce for food, decorative fish and sea weed as high value industry.
“Aquaculture industry basically focuses on increasing production and strengthening competitiveness through strategies including producing high-valued produce, ensuring consistent fish fries and increase food supply for aquaculture industry.”