Cattle grazing land being lost in Malaysia

PASIR SALAK, 27 Aug 2017: 

The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry has expressed its disappointment that some cattle breeders had been abusing grazing land by turning it into agricultural area.

Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said such land provided by both federal and state governments were supposed to be used for cattle breeding grounds, but had been planted with crops instead, including oil palm trees.

“I’ve seen a number of vacant and under-utilised grazing land…some of the areas can cater for between 400 and 500 cattle but only two or three cattle can be seen there.

“This is a very sad (situation). The government give (the land) to breed cattle but the breeders take the easy way out by growing oil palm trees.”

Tajuddin said such a situation had also resulted in the insufficient meat production in the country, and that the government had to rely on imported meat to meet the local demand.

– Bernama

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