Salahuddin: Let’s learn from cattle-breeding countries

JOHOR BARU: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry will look towards Australia, China, India, New Zealand and Thailand in undertaking large scale cattle breeding projects.

“They are able to export cattle and we can learn from them,” its minister Salahuddin Ayub said at the Johor Parti Amanah Negara Hari Raya open house here.

Salahuddin also commended the objective of the National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) to increase supply of the country’s beef by 30%.

That target, he said, was reachable. But he took exception to NFC’s manner of implementation, saying that it did not succeed despite much funds pumped into it by the previous government.

Salahuddin said the ministry would get feedback from stakeholders on how the cattle breeding project could be implemented again.

“We are not referring to the NFC. We need to rebrand the project due to the negative connotation. We do not want Malaysians to associate the new cattle breeding project with NFC,” he said.

Salahuddin said the ministry would need more time to study the project including the breeding sites for cattle.

On another matter, he said the ministry would also ensure supplies of vegetables, seafood, poultry, meat and fruits would be sufficient for consumers.

“We want to ensure the people will not pay more for food items regardless of the weather conditions – rainy season or dry spells,” he said.

Salahuddin said the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) had been tasked to ensure there would no be shortage of supplies of these items.

“Fama also must ensure our farmers, breeders and fishermen are able to market their products, no matter what the weather condition is,” he said.

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