Soft shell crab. (Photo: Stock File)
Farmed soft shell crabs to hit the overseas market
Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 15:20 (GMT + 9)
Brunei-raised soft shell crabs will soon be headed for Singapore and then Japan and China’s markets, informed Pengiran Haris bin Pg Hj Duraman, managing director of Golden Crab Enterprise Sdn Bhd.
The company, which works with soft shell crabs using a closed system, has 10,692 culture boxes that can produce 2.14 tonnes of crabs.
"We have already committed to exporting soft shell crabs to Singapore, while we will introduce it to the Japanese market after Pengiran Dato Paduka Hj Idris brings over some Japanese people here. We will also join the China-ASEAN Expo (CAEXPO) in Nanning to introduce Brunei's soft shell crabs," Pengiran Haris said, reports Bru Direct.
He stressed the huge potential for soft shell crab market during the recent launching ceremony to begin a crab culture activity by Golden Crab at Serambangun Industrial area. Companies and private individuals own 100 sets of culture boxes, and the proposal is to place 50 crab sets in the Serambangun complex, but currently the complex can only hold 33 sets.
Fifty sets of culture boxes can be housed at the Mentiri complex, which will begin running next month, while 100 sets overall will be in operation by December, he elaborated.
The closed recirculating system technology can yield 50 kg of harvest for one set of culture box, such that a year’s harvest can give up to 60 tonnes worth USD 900,000. This would make the net profit USD 360,000 per year because crabs are sold abroad at BND 15 (USD 11.2) per kg, Pengiran Haris informed.
"The Fisheries Department will provide assistance to the company by imparting knowledge from experts in crabs and providing an area suitable for the building of hatchery to produce baby crabs. Currently, the baby crabs are sourced from local fishers or imported from neighbouring countries after the company obtained a licence to import baby crabs, a contingency plan if the local supply is insufficient," he told.
Golden Crab has heartened potential entrepreneurs to join the venture to meet the requirement for the export market together.
"Food security is important and of course agriculture products has to do with food, on the fisheries side we are trying to develop the industry so we can produce enough and be self-sufficient in fish and fisheries products," said Director of Fisheries Department Hjh Hasnah Hj Ibrahim.
Through the Department of Fisheries, the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources always encourages small and medium local enterprises to partake in the development of the fisheries industry and the aquaculture sector in particular, by providing them financial and technical assistance.
By Natalia Real