Sarawak expects to increase live pig exports to Singapore nine-fold by 2030

Uggah (seated right) being interviewed by Mediacorp television crew.

KUCHING, March 25: Sarawak had last year exported 40,000 live pigs worth RM45 million to Singapore. This is expected to increase to RM415 million by 2030.

Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah said therefore Sarawak has initiated a pilot Pig Farming Area (PFA) at Pasir Putih near Simunjan to meet the projected export demands by then.

“We had in 2016 relocated some 66 individual commercial pig farms to the area.

“It is a very modern farm (sic) where strict biosecurity and proper waste management systems are the order of the day,” said Uggah who is also the Minister of the Modernisation of Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development during an interview with Singapore’s largest media conglomerate Mediacorp Pte Ltd earlier today.

He said there are the requirements for MyGAP certification for farms and the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Veterinary Health Mark (VHM) standards for the abattoir.

Uggah said the government was looking forward to replicating this PFA in the central and northern Sarawak regions, adding that there were 33 pig farms in these two areas.

He said Singapore had allowed the import of live pigs from Sarawak as it is among the few countries in the region free from foot and mouth disease. — DayakDaily