ALOR STAR: Kedah is setting up a halal industrial area in Sungai Petani.
The state has allocated RM15mil to build 30 factory buildings to be rented out to entrepreneurs producing halal products.
The halal hub is expected to begin operations in 2009.
The project will be undertaken by the Kedah Development Corporation and will include a cold storage facility and packaging factory.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the state government had identified 80.9ha of land in Aman Jaya for the halal industrial park.
He was speaking to newsmen after opening a Halal Industry Seminar organised by Halal Development Corporation Sdn Bhd (HDC) on Sunday.
HDC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Ministry of Finance, placed under the National Implementation Task Force.
The one-day seminar was attended by 100 entrepreneurs in the halal food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.
Mahdzir said the state had allocated RM10mil to upgrade facilities at the Kedah BioResources Corporation Sdn Bhd (Kedah BioCorp) to allow more studies to be conducted on halal products.
HDC chief executive officer Datuk Jamil Bidin said the federal government had allocated RM120mil for the development of halal industrial parks.
The HDC, he added, would provide a blueprint for the states to follow, covering requirements for halal certification as well as the quality and production process for products.
“We are proud that Kedah has the capability to conduct research and study on halal products at Kedah BioCorp. HDC will help to promote Kedah BioCorp to other local companies and foreign companies who are interested to use its expertise,” he said.
Jamil said the world halal market provided opportunities worth billions of ringgit to producers and Malaysians had potential to be key players.