KOTA BARU: A total of 440 breeders nationwide suffered losses amounting to over RM3.9mil during the December floods, says the Veterinary Services Department.
Its deputy director-general (Development) Dr Suratan Kamarudin said the losses involved the death of livestock, damaged barns and homeplot (grass crops) as well as farm equipment and machinery.
“I hope the government will help these breeders,” he told Bernama at the handing over of pet food during an event here yesterday.
He said in 2021, the government spent over RM1.6mil to assist 287 breeders nationwide who were affected by the disaster.
On the African Swine Fever (ASF) incident in Penang, Dr Suratan advised pig farm owners to step up control to curb the disease from spreading.
“Among the states at risk of ASF are Penang, Selangor, Perak and Johor,” he added.
On Saturday, a second pig farm in Penang, located at Kampung Valdor, Seberang Perai Selatan, was shut due to ASF following the recent closure of a pig farm in the state.