Padang Besar, June 18, 2020 - Aiming to encourage young people to engage in agro-entrepreneurship based on all activities in the value chain of agriculture as well as generate income for the B40 group, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP) is developing Distributed Aquaculture System. The system is divided into two main sub-systems, the aquaculture sub-system and the hydroponic sub-system capable of optimizing fish farming and vegetable cultivation simultaneously.


UniMAP Vice-Chancellor Prof Ir Dr R Badlishah Ahmad said through the aquaculture sub-system, his researcher Ts. Ahmad Nasir Che Rosli and Mrs. Nurul Afidah Umoruddin chose ginger and jade perch fish while the hydroponic sub-system was to choose high-value vegetable crops. He said the target participants in the program were UniMAP students who were of the B40 class and had an interest as aquapreneurs. In addition, the selection of local community participants is from among those who have a record of fish farming entrepreneurs.

 "About 30 students and 20 locals are targeted for project monitoring through the adoption of fish farming modules in the subject of academic programs with systematic module building for long-term implementation, marketing, entrepreneurship management and application of the Internet of Things (IoT) system in learning," he said while accompanying Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Dato 'Dr Mansor Othman, who was visiting the project at the UniMAP Institute for Sustainable Agrotechnology (INSAT), here today.

Also present were UniMAP Deputy Vice President of Student Affairs (HEPA) Prof Dr Mohd Foad Sakdan, UniMAP Assistant Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Sustainability, Emeritus Dato 'Hero Dr Mohd Salleh Din and INSAT Director Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Syarhabil Ahmad.

In the course of the three-hour visit, Dato 'Dr Mansor was brought in to see for himself the Distributed RAS Aquatic System and Oyster Mushroom Crop Project sponsored by Associate Prof Dr Zarina Zakaria and briefings on the projects. He added that gourmet fish and jade perch were a good choice for the project as it had high demand and market value from luxury food restaurants and ornamental fish enthusiasts.

Earlier, Dr R Badlishah said research on the Oyster Mushroom Project had been started since 2013 involving mushroom seed research, plant system research and student entrepreneurship projects and the transfer of knowledge to the community. He added that the market demand for mushrooms was growing at RM12 per kilogram, prompting the project to be realized as a student and community entrepreneurship activity.