Sarawak self-sufficient in poultry, says state minister

Sarawak self-sufficient in poultry, says state minister
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KUCHING (Nov 30): Sarawak is self-sufficient in poultry with a 100% self-sufficiency level (SSL) for eggs, and a 95% SSL for poultry broilers (chickens raised for meat production).

State Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development Minister Datuk Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom said at the moment, there are 311 licensed poultry farms in Sarawak.

“The current production of poultry broilers is 1,300 metric tons per month, while the current average production of eggs is 55 million pieces per month.

“In view of the rising demand for poultry, the Sarawak government will continue to develop the poultry industry to establish the state as the main producer of poultry products in the region,” he told the state assembly sitting in his winding-up speech on the state’s budget for next year.

Meanwhile, Rundi said currently, the SSL for beef is at 12%, followed by 5.5% for mutton.  

He said the population of cattle and buffalo in Sarawak is estimated at about 17,000 (cattle) and 7,300 (buffalo) heads respectively, while the population of goats and sheep is 14,000 heads.

Rundi said under the post-Covid-19 Development Strategy 2030, his ministry has set a target of a 25% SSL for beef and mutton.

“To achieve this target, a standing population of around 60,000 heads of beef cattle and 20,000 heads of buffalo and 215,000 heads of sheep and goats are required,” he said.

He added that Sarawak had also successfully increased the SSL for fresh milk from just 1% in 2016 to 25% currently.

“This is largely due to the establishment of a private modern dairy farm in 2016 in Kampung Panchor, Serian, with a dairy cattle population of 250 heads of cows,” he added.