Integrated poultry company Leong Hup Holdings Bhd plans to spend up to RM30mil this year to set up a broiler farm in the Bio Desaru Food Valley project in the Kota Tinggi district.
Executive director Tan Sri Francis Lau Tuang Nguang said the farm would be located on 72.84ha dedicated for poultry farming activities within the 3,642.17ha Bio Desaru Food Valley, the first big-scale organic food farm in the country.
“We are investing between RM20mil and RM30mil in the farm which will have the capacity to produce 500,000 to over one million fowls within the next three years,’’ he told StarBiz recently after the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MoA) between Leong Hup subsidiary Leong Hup Contract Farming Sdn Bhd and Johor Biotechnology & Biodiversity Corp (J-Bio Tech).
State-owned J-Bio Tech, the developer of Bio Desaru Food Valley, also signed MoAs and memoranda of understanding with eight other companies in conjunction with the 2nd Bio Johor 2010 International Biotechnology and Biodiversity Conference.
Like other chickens reared in Leong Hup’s farms nationwide, the birds at the Bio Desaru Food Valley farm would be bred in broiler houses, Lau said.
A broiler house refers to a building for rearing broiler chickens in close confinement while broilers are young chickens raised for broiling or roasting.
“Chickens raised at our Bio Desaru farm will be sent to Singapore as the republic’s close proximity to Kota Tinggi makes it more economical in terms of transportation costs,” said Lau.
He said Leong Hup was still optimistic on the local poultry industry despite the recent increase in prices of dressed chickens in the market.
Consumers would continue to consume chicken meat and eggs as they were easily available and among the cheapest sources of protein, he said.
Before the Government abolished the ceiling price for chicken, it stood at RM6 per kg.
Malaysia has a per capita chicken consumption of about 38kg.
Source: newsroom - meattradenewsdaily.co.uk
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