Sarawak awaiting final approval to begin exporting chicken eggs to Singapore

Uggah (fourth left), Lian Hua Seng Livestock managing director Datuk Chew Chiaw Han (right) and others giving a thumbs-up to selenium eggs.

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KUCHING, Jan 20: Sarawak will soon export its chicken eggs to Singapore.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas revealed the Singapore Food Agency had inspected several layer farms in Kuching and Samarahan areas last year.

“We are awaiting the final approval. Our industry players use modern high technology production systems to enhance their chickens’ productivity and efficiency.

“Sarawak is also free of avian flu — thus there is great demand for our eggs overseas. These are our competitive advantages against competitors in the region,” he disclosed after visiting Lian Hua Seng Livestock Sdn Bhd at 17 Mile Kuching-Serian Road yesterday.

The company which utilises state-of-the-art grading technology ensures eggs produced are accurately graded and disinfected via UV sterilisation treatment, and is one of the top eggs suppliers in the state.

The company produces 180,000 eggs daily and expects to increase production to 450,000 pieces with its expansion plan.

It is also GMP, HACCP and myGAP certified.

For the Singapore market, the company plans to export its premium selenium enriched eggs.

Meanwhile Uggah also revealed Sarawak is already self-sufficient in chicken eggs.

“We have 45 layer farms statewide with a combined layer population of 3.3 million heads and estimated to have produced 850 million eggs. The total amount of eggs exported last year was 48 million pieces valued at RM13.5 million.

“Of these, 20.34 million eggs were exported to Hongkong and 27.72 million to Indonesia,” Uggah said in a statement.

The Lian Hua Seng Livestock packing area.

Uggah who is also the Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Minister added that the state has vast potential to go further.

Sarawak has seen an increasing trend toward exporting among local players over the last five years.

He hoped the industry will grow and adopt modern technology to enhance production and competitiveness.

For the record, Sarawak also exported 257.5 metric tonnes of broiler poultry to Indonesia worth RM1.86 million last year. — DayakDaily