Friday, October 12, 2012

Perak duck breeders want help to find new markets

TAIPING: Duck breeders in Perak want the government to help them find new markets as dependence on one market has caused them to face price fluctuations.

Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yong said Friday that the Perak Duck Breeders Association would be detailing this and other issues in their industry in a letter which would be forwarded Department of Veterinary Services.

“I will instruct the department to help them in anyway possible.

"Malaysia previously exported ducks to Japan, but since the bird flu outbreak in 2004, all exports stopped.

"Now, live ducks are mostly exported to Singapore,” he said.

The association wanted to export to other markets as the reliance on the Singaporean market, sometimes, caused the demand to fluctuate affecting the duck farms, not just in Perak, but in the whole country, he said.

Perak alone has 128 farms, he said after visiting a duck farm and a slaughterhouse in Terong near here.

Source: The Star


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