Sabah offers to meet p'sula pork shortage

MALAYSIA - Sabah is prepared to export pork to Peninsular Malaysia, which is presently experiencing an acute shortage.
calendar icon 6 May 2006
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Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Ismail said Thursday the State has more than enough supply of pork and is presently exporting some to Brunei, Sarawak and Labuan.

"We have more than 100 per cent self sufficiency in pork production and the State is also free from diseases which affect pig farms," he said when asked to comment on reports that pork prices have soared in the peninsular due to closure of farms.

It was reported that pork prices had reached a record RM660 per 100kg in Melaka in the wake of loss of interest by farmers to invest due to closure of farms in many states.

Chia Keok Keong, treasurer of the Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia, said the high rate was because of lack of supply.

With many states determined to close down pig farms, Chia said this had caused uncertainty among the farmers who were no longer willing to invest.

Source: Daily Express News
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