‘Steps taken for pig farmers to convert to closed system’

Dr Afif speaking to reporters at the state assembly building.

THE state government remains committed to implementing the Pig Farming Enactment 2016 especially for pig farmers to convert their farms into a closed system before it is fully enforced on Jan 1, 2020.

Penang Agriculture, Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Afif Bahardin said several programmes had been facilitated to realise the effort.

This includes granting an exemption of planning permission (with condition) to about 182 pig farmers until Dec 31 this year.

He said among the exemption agreed during the state exco meeting were existing pig farmers who didn’t relocate their farms, pig farmers who did not upgrade their biogas facilities and pig farmers who apply within the duration of the implementation of the programme until Dec 31 this year.

“There are also other exemptions being agreed to enable pig farmers in the state to convert their piggeries into a closed system.

“Other than that, various briefing programmes have been held every year such as Pig Farmers Programme in every district to explain matters related to the enactment, the usage of anti-microbial as well as home-mixer registration.

“In an effort to increase the interest of pig farmers to practise good plantation practice, the Quality and Safe Animal Product Seminar and the promotion of DVS Certification were held,” he said in a statement.

He added that a meeting with pig breeders was held in September to explain the Planning Permission Exemption.

“With all these efforts, pig farmers must change and practise the closed system so that pollution caused by the industry can be contained and avoided.

“The implementation of the enactment can also help the state government to regulate such activities,” he said.

In September, The Star reported a source saying that the state government had said the pig farm in Gertak Sanggul on Penang island had a retention pond to treat waste, yet it dumped raw pig dung into the bay.

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