Large-scale pig farming area in Selangau proposed

Uggah (centre) witnessing the presentation of a grant from Dewan Negara Senator Dr Nuing Jeluing (second right) to a recipient at Rh Anas on Wednesday. At right is fellow senator Rita Insol.

KUCHING: A modern large-scale commercial pig farming area (PFA) has been proposed at Sungai Selabi in Selangau.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said the farm would be located on a 233-hectare site and would be the second of its kind after the Pasir Puteh PFA in Simunjan.

Uggah said a few private investors had expressed their interests in participating in the project, including from Peninsular Malaysia.

“Sarawak should leverage on its advantage where it is still free from the Foot and Mouth disease (FMD) as well as the African Swine Fever (ASF).

“We are now awaiting the State Planning Unit to give its approval (for setting up the PFA) at its chosen site.”

On the Pasir Puteh PFA in Simunjan, Uggah said the farm with its own slaughterhouse was doing well and exporting 2,000 live pigs to Singapore every week besides pork products.

“It has over 60,000 live pigs. Last year its turnover was RM70mil,” he said when met after officiating the closing of the Agriculture Community Outreach Programme (AgriCOP) at Rh Anas Akang, Sungai Gedung, in Kuala Arip on Wednesday (Oct 28).

Uggah, who is Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, said the proposed PFA would use environmentally friendly technology for breeding as well as to handle farm discharge.

Meanwhile at the function, Uggah announced a grant of RM500,000 for those interested in livestock breeding, including pig farming for the Kakus constituency.

On agriculture, he also announced another grant of RM1mil to further facilitate its development in the constituency, in addition to the RM1mil given earlier.

Uggah said there had been increasing applications from farmers interested in swiftlet ranching, stingless bee (kelulut) honey production, livestock breeding and sago planting.

He also said the Agriculture Department would study the possibility of setting up a Collection, Processing and Packaging Centre (CPPC) cum incubation centre in Selangau to help farmers learn new food processing skills and sell their products.