The recipients of the living costs of fishermen will undergo a "bleaching process"

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Ministry of Agriculture and the agro-industry conduct a & whitening process & # 39; with regard to recipients of the cost of living (ESH) for fishermen, to ensure that only those who are qualified can benefit from it.

Minister Datuk Salahuddin Ayub said that it involved 55,000 recipients across the country and that priority would be given to "real fishermen."

One of the conditions is that the fisherman has to go to sea for at least 120 days in a year.

"This bleaching process is necessary because it (the help) is supposed to be given to the real target group, there should be no fraud, but there were people who are not fishermen, but also have it", he told a press conference after a meeting with the fish community leaders of Terengganu, here today.

Also present were Director-General of Fisheries Malaysia Datuk Munir Mohd Nawi and State Agriculture, Agro-based Industry and Rural Development Committee Chairman Dr Azman Ibrahim.

According to Salahuddin, the whitening process is also important to facilitate the process of data collection by fishermen and to facilitate the stimulation of new incentives for those who are truly qualified.

Apart from that, the ministry is also preparing a strategic plan to improvise the incentives for fishermen in a different form, in addition to financial support, which would influence and improve their standard of living.

"The ministry is finalizing an action plan and it will be announced shortly. We have also identified several locations in each state to build affordable housing projects for fishermen," he said.

From 2009 to 2016, the government spent RM13.6 billion on the development of the national fishing sector, including the construction of fishing ports, the construction of scaffolding, subsidized oil and diesel subsidies and ESH for fishermen. – Bernama

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