State taking steps to stem fly menace at poultry farms

Perak government is working towards addressing the issue of fly infestations at poultry farms, says state executive council chairman Razman Zakaria.

The plantations, agriculture and food industry committee chairman said the state government was aware of the long-standing issue but needed to balance public health concerns with the need for adequate poultry supply.

“The state government has set up a livestock ruminant and poultry committee, as well as another technical committee.

“We have asked the Veterinary Services Department to monitor and carry out enforcement activities to address the issue not only in Sitiawan but also statewide.

“Poultry farmers without licence are directed to make the necessary applications for approval.

“For licensed breeders, they must comply with all the conditions imposed,” said Razman. He stressed that farm owners who failed to comply would be fined and suspended for a period of time.

He said the state government also made it compulsory for livestock farmers to use an anti-fly material to be sprayed on the faeces to prevent flies from breeding.

He was replying to a question from Teoh Yee Chern (PH-Astaka) at the state assembly sitting on the fly menace faced by Sitiawan folk, and steps taken to overcome the problem.On the Poultry Enactment 2005, Razman said a revision of the draft was now at the final stage at the Legal Advisor’s office.

“Some recommendations are being made, after which it will be brought to the state executive council meeting for approval before being tabled at the state assembly,” he elaborated.

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