Australian poultry producers eyeing chicken farming in Malaysia
Two large-scale Australian chicken producers are
keeping a watchful eye on the East Coast Economic Region (ECER), Malaysia, as a
potential poultry centre.
According to chief economist Dr Yeah Kim Leng, Australian investors
have noted the region's potential and are busy collecting information on the
viability and cost effectiveness of chicken farming in the area, comprising
Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang and Mersing (Johor).
He added that the region may offer great opportunity for them as the
Government is promoting integrated chicken farming and targeting to boost
chicken production in the region by 35% by 2010. "Investment within ECER
makes sense due to the relatively cheap cost of land and
labour compared with the West Coast where land is becoming expensive due to
rapid industrialisation and development," he said.
Leng went on to say that the government needs to attract the private sector
to get involved and secure new players for chicken farming.
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