BND7m broiler farm opens

Azlan Othman & Aziz Idris

A BND7 million broiler farm expected to strengthen local chicken production was opened yesterday.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong launched the six-hectare broiler farm in Kampong Masin which is operated by Ya Nur Poultry Farm. The farm will house nine ‘high-tech’ chicken coops, each with a capacity of
33,000 chickens.

Three of the nine coops had been completed in Phase One of the project and is expected to produce 740 metric tonnes of chicken products with an estimated value of BND3.3 million, according to the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism (MPRT). Once the overall project has been completed, it can contribute an increase to local broiler production by 2,200 metric tonnes per year, valued at BND10 million, estimated the MPRT.

In 2020, the production of the broiler industry in the country has recorded the highest increase ever achieved by local farmers, whereby the production of around 26,000 metric tonnes was recorded compared to the production in 2019 of 24,000 metric tonnes.

For 2021, with the addition of several chicken coops by domestic poultry companies, it is projected that domestic broiler production will increase further to over 28,000 metric tonnes.

The MPRT hoped that such developments will generate employment opportunities for locals as well as improve food security, increase the self-sufficiency of broiler supply, and help develop the downstream processing industry and meat-based manufacturing industry.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong touring the new broiler farm. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS