August 24, 2021
Brunei sees 25% increase in broiler production in first half of 2021
Brunei's production of broiler chicken is up 25% for the first half of 2021 through increased allocation of farm land and the construction of more poultry coops.
The country's Department of Agriculture and Agrifood (DAA) of the Ministry of Primary Resources (MPRT) recently reported the increase from 14,608 tonnes last year to 18,720 tonnes this year.
Aside from sales to businesses and consumers, there is also an increased demand for chicken meat for the local production of sausages, nuggets and other processed products.
Brunei is self-sufficient in egg production, which also increased 3.2% from 98 million to 101 million eggs from January to June.
According to market prices on August 11-14, whole chicken retails to consumers for $4.35 to $5.50 per kilogramme, while eggs (Grade B) are sold for $4.30 to $5.50 for a tray of 30 eggs.
MPRT also began allowing the import of frozen chicken, beef, buffalo and lamb in early 2021. Since then, 513 tonnes of beef have been imported from Australia and 223 tonnes of poultry have been sourced from Malaysia.
Frozen imports were previously put on hold after the first outbreak of COVID-19 in March last year, preventing religious officers from traveling abroad to certify if produce were following Halal standards.
To shore up the shortage in frozen imports, DAA eased the importation of live cattle, buffalo and sheep for local slaughter and supply. Live imports have since become the main source of red meat in the market.
Local slaughter of buffalo and beef is up 180% for the first seven months of the year, increasing from 919 tonnes to 2,656 tonnes.
12,000 cattle have been imported from January to July this year. 2,000 cattle are expected to arrive in Brunei this September from Australia, with another 1,600 from Malaysia.
- Biz Brunei