Farmers told to reduce pig numbers to 48,000

MELAKA - The Melaka state government has urged pig farmers in Alor Gajah to adhere to a ruling which limits the number of pigs that can be reared to 48,000.
calendar icon 24 August 2007
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A total of 160,000 pigs are currently being raised in the district.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said the owners should sell off the extra animals before the authorities moved to confiscate them.

"The state government will mount an operation before the end of the month to ensure that the ruling is respected," he told reporters after the opening of the annual conference of Drainage and Irrigation Department's senior staff here today.

Mohd Ali said that over the years, several pig farms, including those in Paya Mengkuang and Bukit Beruang, had polluted water resources with people living nearby had to endure an unbearable stench.

He said that being a small state, Melaka should not be rearing 160,000 pigs and it did not want to emerge as Malaysia's or Asia's biggest pig producer.

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