THE Selangor government’s Ehsan Food Prices Intervention Pro-gramme is committed to controlling the prices of food such as chicken and eggs through subsidies, reduced rent and logistical assistance to strategic supply chains.
State infrastructure and public amenities, agriculture modernisation and agro-based industry committee chairman Izham Hashim said the main activity carried out in conjunction with this intervention programme was the People’s Caring Sales Carnival, which benefitted over 80,000 residents in Selangor.
He was replying to Lim Yi Wei (PH-Kampung Tunku) who asked on how the state government was tackling chicken shortage and what was the Selangor Agricultural Development Corporation’s (PKPS) plan to resolve the matter.
Izham said PKPS planned to develop another broiler breeding project in Ulu Bernam, Hulu Selangor, to increase the production of broiler chickens by 300,000 per cycle.
“This will bring the total production of PKPS chicken farms to 800,000 chickens per cycle compared to 500,000 chickens now.
“For the record, one harvest cycle is for 35 days and in a year this project will be able to have six cycles,” he said.
Lim also asked about the status of the grain corn project in Negri Sembilan and Kuala Langat that was signed with the Negri Sembilan government.
To this, Izham said PKPS was actively carrying out cleaning work at a grain corn project site in Gemas, Negri Sembilan, covering an area of 161ha, and south Kuala Langat, Selangor, covering 121ha, which is expected to be completed in August.
“After that, planting will begin and the first harvest is expected at the end of this year.
“Grain corn can be harvested within 100 days of planting,” he added.