SEGAMAT: The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry is looking into allegations that 57 poultry farmers have received an order to cease operations.
The farmers claimed that the state Veterinary Services Department issued the order after they had refused to let a private company collect chicken waste from their farms.
Its deputy minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong said he had requested a detailed report from the department on the claims.
Chua said he was told the order had nothing to do with the chicken waste issue, but was due to complaints from the local community about hygiene.
“I believe it is a misunderstanding.
“The closing down order was only issued to Class E farmers,” he said after visiting SJK (C) Labis here on Saturday.
The farmers claimed the deal for a private company to resolve the flies problem in exchange for chicken waste might be the reason.
Chua said Class E farms were frequently cited for poor management and their failure to handle pollution effectively.
“According to the Johor Veterinary Services Department, the handling of chicken waste by the private company is optional,” he said.
The farmers could appeal, said Chua, adding that he expected to receive a report from the department tomorrow.
He said the order issued to 57 poultry farms would not affect chicken meat supply for the coming Chinese New Year.
“The farms will only be closed before Chinese New Year or after the celebration until all their chicken is sold,” he said, adding that he would meet the farmers to discuss the matter tomorrow.
The Veterinary Department must be fair to both the farmers and residents of the surrounding area of the farms, he said.
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