July 19, 2022
Sabah, Malaysia approves more pork import licenses to boost pork supply
Sabah state, Malaysia, has approved eight new pork import license applications to supplement domestic pork supply disrupted by African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks, The Star reported.
Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, Deputy Chief Minister, who is also Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries for Sabah, said applications for import and export licences were submitted to the import and export licencing committee under the Sabah Veterinary Services Department (DVS).
He said Sabah's pork industry has been devastated by the ASF virus, which has killed over 10,000 swine in Sabah since last year.
In order to stop ASF from spreading to nearby farms, he said that the virus had forced the closure of 11 commercial pig farms in the areas of Sandakan, Keningau, Papar, Kota Kinabalu, and Penampang.
The Pig Farming Area (PFA) in Tongod, central Sabah, was still in its early stages of operation, according to Kitingan, unlike its neighbour Sarawak, and the infrastructure was far from complete.
After centralising all 44 pig farms in Sabah, he hoped that productivity would rise and similar risks like ASF would be reduced in the future.
He added that Sabah's prices for pork, chicken, and eggs adhere to the ceiling price established by Malaysia's Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry as well as the agreement of a number of groups, including the Sabah DVS, Sabah Livestock Association (SLA) representatives, and marketers.
Dr Normah Yusof, Sabah DVS director, said three swine slaughterhouses in Inanam, Kudat, and Sandakan are currently undergoing renovations.
She said swine farmers will be able to use these slaughterhouses to lower production costs once construction is completed, which is anticipated to be at the end of this year, adding that the cost of pork should also decrease.
- The Star