By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, May 23: Sarawak Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (SALCRA) is able to produce 100,000 metric tonnes of animal feed from oil palm waste per year.
Minister of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development Sarawak, Dato Sri Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, said animal feed production is done in five mills run by SALCRA.
“That will be 10 per cent of whatever that is required by the Sarawak government so we can stabilise the price of animal feed, which is very crucial,” he said at a press conference after presenting his ministerial winding-up speech at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.
Dr Rundi also mentioned that there are about 85 mills in the whole of Sarawak.
“If everyone works together, we would be able to actually supply more than enough, more than 100 per cent of our animal feed.
“So from there, we can also develop our own fertilisers and so on,” he added.
In January, Premier Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg gave Rundi’s ministry six months to produce animal feed from oil palm waste.
This effort is hoped to give the Sarawak government an opportunity to tap into a circular economy in order to gain control of the market price on commodities, especially chicken and eggs.
Also present at the press conference were Deputy Minister of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development (Food Industry) Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Ismail and Deputy Minister of Food Industry, Commodity and Regional Development (Commodity and Regional Development) Maclaine @ Martin Ben. — DayakDaily