KUALA KEDAH – The RM3bil Kedah Integrated Fishery Terminal (KIFT) project here will drive the fishing industry forward and turn Kedah into an international centre in 10 years, said China’s Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Huang Huikang (pic).
He said the project, a joint-venture between the Kedah government and Lu Haifeng Ltd, a company based in Qingdao, China, will attract more foreign investments to Kedah and Malaysia.
“World-class aquaculture and fishery technology brought in for the project will encourage the growth of the industry,” he told reporters after being briefed on the project by Lu Haifeng executive director Li Bin.
Present was Invest Kedah advisor Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai.
Huang said he noticed that fishermen here were still using traditional equipment and methods.
“The high-tech equipment used in KIFT can help modernise the industry,” he added.
The terminal, to the base for tuna fishing boats operating in the Indian Ocean, would be located between Taman Bersatu in Kuala Kedah and Kampung Tebengau in Mukim Kuala Kedah, involving an area of 2,340ha of which 1,864ha will be used for navigation of vessels.