PIG farmers will be given a two-year grace period to upgrade to modern closed farming with zero discharge before physical enforcement takes place, said Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud.
He said pig farmers have to submit the building plans for their closed farm buildings by Dec 31 this year.
Rozali said if the operators failed to do so, enforcement action against pig farms without licence would be taken starting January 2022.
“The state government had approved the Pig Farming Enactment 2016, which emphasises on converting traditional pig farming to the modern pig farming system.
“Through this method, problems such as foul odour, uncontrolled effluent emissions and other pollutants to the environment can be controlled.
“The modern pig farming system emphasises on several factors, which include a closed house system, a buffer zone, zero discharge and maintaining good animal husbandry practice (GAHP).
“The state government has given the flexibility to pig farmers by giving them incentives until Dec 31 this year.
“The incentives include the exemption of planning permission despite the need for the compulsory building plan submission for MBSP approval.
“There will be an exemption from the conditions of transfer of land use from agriculture to industry use.
“Universal design such as facilities for the disabled, parking and landscape are exempted, among others, ” he said in a Facebook live teleconference recently.
There are currently 156 pig farms in Seberang Prai, and all 115 of them that applied through the One-Stop Centre (OSC) have been granted approval.
The Pig Farming Enactment 2016 will be implemented beginning January 2022.
Meanwhile, Penang agriculture and agro-based industries committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin said the state government always hoped to improve the sewage problem caused by the pig industry, and hoped that through the enactment, rivers could be free from pollution.
“I hope that pig farmers will submit their building plans to MBSP before Jan 1, next year.
“Violators will be fined RM15,000 and charged in court.
“If they are found guilty, they can be fined RM30,000 or sentenced to three years’ imprisonment, ” she said.
Penang Veterinary Department director Dr Anun Man said in the current licensing application phase, 94 pig farmers sent in their applications.
She added that Penang’s chicken exports accounted for 59% of the country, while pigs accounted for 30% of the country.
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