New centralised pig farming planned for Sibu, Sarawak
The Sarawak government has allocated a 1,332-acre site here for centralised pig farming, which will accommodate over 20 pig farms in Sibu upon completion, State Environment and Public Health Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh said today.
He said the centralized pig farm could cater for the industry's industrial expansion as well as growing demand for pork consumption as the traditional farms set up in the 50s, 60s and the 70s could not accommodate modern facilities such as bio-gas treatment plant.
“However, the pig farmers must jointly submit an application to conduct their pig farming there,” he told a press conference after a dialogue session between his ministry, the Sibu Livestock Association and officials from the Sibu Land and Survey Department, federal and state Environment Departments and the
Agriculture Department, here.
He said before the relocation, the pig farms needed to work closely with the relevant authorities such as the Agriculture Department, the Natural Resource Environment Board (NREB) and the Department of Environment besides adhering to certain constraints particularly on the environment protection rules.
He said at present the pig farmers in Sibu were often slapped with compounds for environment pollution in their existing locations.
In Kuching, the problem in implementing the centralized pig farming had been solved following the allocation of more than 2,000 acres for a similar site, he said.
He was confident that with the realization of centralized pig farms in the state's northern, central and southern regions, the pork supply would be expected to cope with the growing demand in Sarawak.
“This was the third meeting held since last year," he said, adding that the authorities had difficulties in identifying the proper site due to the soil sediment, which was found to be unsuitable besides complaints from the nearby residents.