KUCHING: Sarawak will have no problem exporting chicken if the local livestock supply exceeds demand, said Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi.
The Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) said local supply should always be guaranteed sufficient as priority must be given to local consumers.
“If the supply of chicken is excessive and can be exported, why not… it is one of the ways to improve the livestock industry.
“We should not be in a situation where there is insufficient internal supply and take action to export the supply. We do not encourage and prohibit situations like this at all,” he said when asked about Sarawak’s proposal to export the excess supply of chicken in the state.
He said this in a press conference after officiating at the implementation of Gawai Day 2022 Maximum Price Scheme for the Festive Season (SHMMP) at Central Cold storage Kuching (CCK) Stutong, here, today.
Nanta said his ministry held a meeting with the Sarawak Poultry and Egg Breeding Association last Saturday to discuss the supply of poultry in the state.
“I have been assured by the players in the poultry industry here that the supply of chicken in Sarawak is not facing any problem, in fact, they stated that the supply is always available,” he said.
During the recent State Legislative Assembly (DUN) session, Deputy Minister of Agriculture Modernisation and Regional Development Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail was quoted as saying that Sarawak did not face problem with chicken supply as local production had exceeded 100 percent self-sufficiency.
In fact, he said, the Sarawak government was now trying to help farmers to further develop the poultry industry to enable Sarawak to export chicken.