KUALA LUMPUR – Pig farmers have been given three years to upgrade to the modern pig farming method (enclosed farming), the Dewan Rakyat heard today.
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry, Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said after this period, the authorities would take action.
“The modern pig farming method has proper waste management making it more environmentally friendly.
“Pig farmers should join resources as it is costly to build farms that meet government specifications. We have given enough notice to the pig farmers.
“Three years from now, we are going to close down all the pig farms which do not comply with the modern pig farming method,” he said in reply to a supplementary question by Sim Tong Him (DAP-Kota Melaka), here today.
The revenue from the pig farming sector is about RM2 billion annually.
Earlier, Tajuddin said there were 737 pig farms nationwide with Penang the highest with 199 farms followed by Sarawak (141) and Selangor (128).
The number of pigs recorded was 1.82 million.
The pork production meets 96 percent of local demand while four per cent is imported in the form of suckling piglet, cuttings and organs. – BERNAMA