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Government will do its utmost to help fish farmers hit by mass fish deaths: Khaw

Published on Feb 12, 2014 10:05 PM
 
Mass fish death at farms along the East Johor Strait, reportedly since the second day of CNY. Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan has said the ministry and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) "will do our utmost to help our farmers" who were hit by mass fish deaths at coastal fish farms this month. -- ST FILE PHOTO: AZIZ HUSSIN 

Minister for National Development Khaw Boon Wan has said the ministry and the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) "will do our utmost to help our farmers" who were hit by mass fish deaths at coastal fish farms this month.

Thousands of fish, both food fish and wild species, have died over the last week, most likely due to dry weather and neap tides combining to lower the dissolved oxygen in water near the farms.

Mr Khaw wrote in a blog post on Wednesday night: "This is every fish farmer's fear and I feel sorry for their plight - not only is their livelihood impacted, it must be very painful to see their prized stocks wiped out suddenly.

"AVA has been working closely with the farmers to try and salvage the situation since last weekend. AVA/CEO Ms Tan Poh Hong, who spent an afternoon at the farms yesterday, told me that the situation was serious."

 
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