News From : DagangHalal.com (19 Dec 2009)
KUCHING: Taiwan’s Sea Party Technology Co Ltd, the first major investor to operate in the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub in central Sarawak, will undertake the farming of prawns, chickens and eggs, chlorella and other aquaculture activities using biotechnology.
The company, which has committed some RM2bil in investment through six wholly-owned subsidiaries, will also be involved in the manufacturing of biotech feed meal, food processing as well as tilapia, marine fish and Japanese eel farming.
Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corp (STIDC) deputy general manager Hashim Bojet in his paper on the Tanjung Manis Halal Hub development said that chlorella was a powerful cleansing and detoxifying agent for the body’s health.
Chlorella is a green single-cell algae with chemical structure and size similar to human red blood cells. It is responsible for the production of proteins, enzymes and energy in the cells, and it stimulates the immune system and slows down the aging process.
Hashim said the halal hub’s parcel one development to accommodate Sea Party’s proposed ventures was now underway after the earthbreaking ceremony more than two months ago. Sea Party acquired some 1,700ha for its operations.
Hashim said due to strong investor demand, the state government had approved the extension of the halal hub to cover 77,000ha, up from the original 16,000ha.
“The halal hub will have different parcels of land for different investors to operate in,” he told a seminar on Sarawak Corridor for Renewable Energy here on Thursday.
Hashim said the halal hub had attracted proposed investments totalling RM9.2bil from major investors. Other proposed projects include pineapple plantation and canning, catfish rearing, technical colleges and hotels.
STIDC is the lead agency developing the infrastructure in the halal hub. Hashim said Sea Party would use solar energy in its operations.
He said Tanjung Manis was the first one-stop halal hub developed in Sabah and Sarawak for upstream and downstream halal food and manufacturing activities.
“We have advantages over Selangor and Johor as their halal hub developments would only be confined to downstream processing of halal products,” he added.
Hashim said the Tanjung Manis halal hub would be developed as a sustainable green development model.
He said the development’s main features would include total green development with carbon credit policy, extensive green environment impact assessment policy to ensure sustainability and green energy and environmental-friendly practices.
The development model is also to create a relaxed environment with plenty of oxygen, clean natural water and a clean environment. Hashim said it would take 30 years to fully develop the halal hub.