Rising demand for Sarawak’s fish

Borneo Eco Fish Sdn Bhd . Photo: Borneo Eco Fish Facebook

KUCHING: Borneo Eco Fish Sdn Bhd has secured a deal to market six tonnes of patin fish (Pangasianodon hypophthalmus) and 5.5 tonnes of tilapia fish with Sheng Siong Group, Singapore’s third largest supermarket chain.  

Borneo Eco Fish managing director Thomas Hii said that he was thrilled with how the Sarawak-bred tilapia has established a presence and demand in Singapore as Sheng Siong Group has 63 stores nationwide.

“We are thrilled that the Sarawak-bred tilapia has established a presence and demand among customers in Singapore. This shows that they appreciate the quality and rich nutrition of fish farmed with modern techniques in Sarawak,” he said.

Hii said that this deal is the latest order from the massive Singaporean supermarket group since 2019 and he felt optimistic about the inclusion of the six tonnes of patin fish.

“This broadening order indicates that Sarawak’s fish products have great potential to grow its market space in new territories internationally,” he said.

The relationship underpinning this big catch for Sarawak was supported by the Sarawak Trade and Tourism Office Singapore (Statos), which has been strengthening competitive business platforms between Sarawak and Singapore.

Statos chief executive officer (CEO) Chew Chang Guan urged Sarawakians to explore opportunities to export to Singapore by capitalising on their existing pools of trade, investment, knowledge and networks.

“Statos is determined to showcase Sarawak’s vast resources as some of the region’s best picks for international trade and investment. We encourage Sarawak business entities to engage with Singapore by reaching out to us,” he said.

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