Douglas Uggah Embas

KUCHING: Sarawak had exported 40,000 live pigs worth RM45 million to Singapore last year.

It is expected to increase the export value to RM415 million by 2030, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Douglas Uggah

He was interviewed by a television team from Singapore’s largest media conglomerate, Mediacorp Pte Ltd, at his office here yesterday.

Uggah said Sarawak now has a pilot Pig Farming Area (PFA) at Pasir Putih near Simunjan.

“In 2016, we relocated some 66 individual commercial pig farms to the area.

“It is a very modern farm where strict bio-security and proper waste management system are the order of the day,” said Uggah who is also Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister.

“In addition, there are the requirements of My GAP certification for the farm and HACCP and VHM (Veterinary Health Mark) for the abattoir.”

He added, the government was looking forward to replicate this PFA in central and northern regions in the state.

He said there are 33 pig farms in these two areas.

Uggah said Singapore had allowed for the import of live pigs from Sarawak as it is among the few countries in the region free from the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD).

Uggah was also asked questions on Sarawak’s modernisation of its agriculture sector.