ASEAN countries plan to establish halal poultry company
Four ASEAN countries, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam,
Malaysia and the Philippines, are planning to jointly form a halal poultry
export company to boost exports to the Middles East, according to an Indonesia
Of the ASEAN
nations, Brunei is the only one currently licensed to
export halal chicken to the Middle East.
Deputy for Studies on Resources of Cooperatives and Small and Medium
Enterprises in Indonesia, I Wayan Suwarja, said that the formation of the joint
export company was on the agenda for the upcoming Eastern Asean Growth
The lack of a license to export halal poultry has posed a constraint to
Indonesian poultry breeders to export their commodity to the Middle East, Wayan
said, adding that a number of national poultry breeders hoped their products
could penetrate the Middle Eastern region.
"The prospective joint halal poultry company is expected to overcome the
problem," he said.
According to Wayan, the plan to set up the joint company is still in the
early stages, but the three other member countries have given positive response
to the plan.
A representative of Brunei Darussalam, Sidap H Belaman, has also welcomed
He said license is given to breeders who meet the standards on cleanliness
and the slaughtering process on the basis of Islamic tenets.
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