Friday June 22, 2012
Keningau: Future dairy hub
By DURIE RAINER FONG
KENINGAU: Sabah is poised to have the largest livestock centre in the country when the 834ha Keningau Livestock Integrated Centre here (KILC) is up and going.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak recently officiated at the groundbreaking ceremony of the KILC at Sook in this interior district, which is bound to house 2,000 cattles that would produce six million litres of milk annually.
“That sounds like a lot of milk,” Najib said, drawing laughter fron the crowd of over 5,000, among others, that included Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman and also Brunei Darussalam Education Minister Pehin Datuk Seri Dr Awang Abu Bakar Apong.
Pointing out that the milk would be distributed to the people of Sabah, in peninsular Malaysia and also Brunei, the Prime Minister placed hopes that this would spur the nation’s ambitions of becoming a prime dairy centre in the region in future.
The KILC is a flagship project under the Sabah Development Corridor (SDC) and is aimed at increasing the population of high-quality yield cows, and also to develop a sustainable breeding structure for cattles.
“This project looks to be a successful one. It is also part of our strategy for rural development, which the government is vehemently undertaking,” he said.
The centre is expected to start producing its first batch of milk next year, with each cow producing an average of 12 litres a day.
An agreement was also inked at the ceremony between the Sabah Economic Development and Investment Authority (Sedia) and the Brunei Investment Agency (BIA) for collaborations in livestock breeding and agriculture.
As part of the agreement, Najib said the BIA, through its subsidiary Annam Corporation, will invest RM120mil in the KILC.
Dr Awang Abu said the agreement reflected the Brunei government’s confidence in lucrative investments in Malaysia through the SDC.
Musa said the KILC is estimated to generate investment opportunities in the region of RM763mil for the interior areas.