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More than a quarter of a million dollars in assistance for fish farms

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority says it has given S$256,000 in assistance to fish farmers hit by plankton bloom so far this year.

SINGAPORE: Almost all the fish farms which were affected by a plankton bloom earlier this year, have accepted the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority's (AVA) assistance package. The package includes the funding for restocking and purchase of equipment for the farm. 

AVA says it has disbursed about S$256,000 in assistance so far. 

90 per cent of the farmers are in the midst of restocking their farms. Their fish stock died after being deprived of oxygen due to plankton bloom.

One farm Channel NewsAsia visited tapped the assistance package to restock about 100,000 pieces of fish fingerlings. It is projected to produce about 17 to 20 tonnes of fish this year. 

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