ROMPIN: The Government will set up a National Dairy Board early next year to plan and spur the development of the national dairy industry in an integrated and holistic manner.
The board will be led by the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry and will also involve several other bodies like the Health, Education and Higher Education Ministries and Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in announcing the matter yesterday, said the project would be a national undertaking, requiring the involvement and expertise of different ministries so that the national targets regarding the industry that have been set, could be achieved.
Najib said this to reporters after a working visit to the Muadzam Shah Cattle Research and Innovation Centre here yesterday where he toured the facility.
He also said that the Government wanted to see an increase in milk consumption among Malaysians, up to 50 litres per capita a year by 2050. This is more than double the current consumption of 19.92 litres per person per year.
To achieve that, he said, the country needs to produce 2.26 billion litres of milk a year and 223,014 cows compared to the 21,000 cows in the country now.
Accompanying Najib on the visit were Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob and East Coast Economic Region Development Council chief executive officer Datuk Seri Jebasingam Issace John.
“Satellite farms can also be involved where villagers can be given 30 cows to start of with to earn an income of between RM3,000 and RM5,000 a month,” Najib said.
He added that the Education Ministry had also launched the 1Malaysia Milk Programme to encourage the consumption of Ultra-high temperature processing milk.
Najib also witnessed the construction of the centre’s new dairy processing plant which is expected to be completed end of the year.
Once it is up, the centre would be able to double its milk production to 10 million litre from the current five million litre per year.
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