PEKAN: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, it seems, has also been bitten by the agriculture bug as he has taken up catfish rearing.
He revealed that he had taken up rearing the freshwater fish in the compound of his home here.
Speaking at the Hari Raya Aidilfitri gathering of the Farmers' Association here yesterday, Najib, with a smile and to much amusement from those present, said he decided to do it after picking up some points on rearing the fish during his visit to the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro-tourism Show 2008.
"I have eight ponds in the compound of my house and 14,000 catfish fry were released into them," he said in his speech.
Just when everyone thought that he was actually getting his hands dirty, he said the ponds and the catfish were being looked after by his aide from his home here.
"I provided the capital, he does the work and monitors them, and we split the profits," he said, as everyone burst out laughing.
"I want to see how this modern agriculture concept works out."
On a serious note, he said it was about time farmers made it a point to look into and learn to cultivate high-value agriculture products.Among them, he said were the rearing of catfish as well as swiftlets.
Source : NST 26 Oct 2008