KUALA NERUS - The implementation of the first aquapolitan programme involving 500 fishermen families in Terengganu dubbed "Sea-Felda" is expected to raise the living standard of the group, especially from the financial aspect.
Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abd Rahman said the programme took inspiration from the success of the government's earlier efforts in assisting Felda settlers.
"For a start, 500 families of fishermen will be participating in a pioneer programme at Kampung Seberang Pak Abu near Seberang Takir here managed by the East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC).
"The project costing RM180 million will be implemented in two phases starting this year in which we will develop eight hectares of land in Kampung Seberang Pak Abu under the first phase while the second phase will involve the construction of facilities including houses for fishermen on a one hectare site in Kampung Batin.
"The selection of participants will be made this year and they will be given related courses before starting the Sea-Felda project in the second year (2017)," he told reporters after a Transport Ministry Puspanita gotong-royong and 1M4U event with villagers of Kampung Batin in Seberang Takir, Kuala Nerus here Sunday.
Ahmad Razif said the two main factors for the aquapolitan project were the sea project involving rearing marine fish, lobsters and crabs in cages while on land, there would be a marine product processing factory, restaurants, a fish market and a maritime museum.
"This would indirectly act as a tourist attraction for Terengganu to entice visitors to look at a one-stop fishermen's centre with fresh sea food in a systematic and planned environment.
"The attraction is, we plan to build a fish market under the concept used in Sydney, Australia where the market emphasises on cleanliness with restaurants to facilitate the people select sea food to be processed or cooked according to one's fancy," he said.