Monday, 2 July 2018

(The Star) Room for growth in ecotourism

MELAKA: THE state government wants to further develop ecotourism in Melaka to attract tourists.

Agriculture, Entrepreneur Development and Agro-based Committee chairman Norhizam Hassan Baktee said ecotourism was still largely an untapped sector and had room for growth.

“Although Melaka is known for its historic buildings and glorious past, ecotourism still has potential for growth.

“By promoting this sector, tourists can experience our culture especially in the rural areas as well as appreciate Malaysia’s flora and fauna,” he said in conjunction with the Melaka Fisheries Department’s river enrichment programme in Alor Gajah.

About 100,000 fish fry were released into Sungai Rembau in conjunction with the event.

Norhizam also said there was an increase in the number of tourists staying in homestays or chalets and this would help boost villagers’ income.

“Tourists who stay at homestays and chalets also buy locally made arts and crafts as keepsake,” he said.

“I am also happy to note that our rivers are still pristine although there is rubbish in some areas.

“I will have a discussion with the relevant stakeholders to instal rubbish traps in strategic areas.”

In relation to the river enrichment effort, the department has been proactive in carrying out fish seeding programmes since 2003 to ensure continuity of supply and enriching fish stock.

As of 2017, 1.6 million fish and prawns were released.

About one million lobster larvae and tinfoil barb were released into Alor Gajah waterways, primarily Sungai Linggi and Sungai Rembau.