KUALA TERENGGANU (May 23): A feed processing plant based on alternative sources of palm kernel waste worth RM20 million will be operating in Bukit Kor near Marang by the end of the year .
Chairman of the National Committee for Agriculture, Food Industry, Plantations, Commodities and Rural Development, Dr. Azman Ibrahim, said the factory, which was established with the investment of a joint venture between the state government-linked company and the private sector, is now in the final process of preparation. for approval by local authorities.
“Extensive discussions had been held with feed formulation experts to have the plant produce alternative sources other than the use of corn and soybeans.
“We will be using oil palm kernel waste as the primary material for animal feed to be processed at this plant and when it is operational, it will be able to meet 80 percent of the state’s livestock demand,” he said. he told reporters after the Fisheries Development Authority Malaysia (LKIM) celebrated Aidilfitri here on Monday (23rd May).
He said Terengganu is full of palm waste with tens of thousands of hectares of palm oil plantations owned by state government-linked companies such as TDM Bhd and Ladang Rakyat Terengganu Sdn Bhd.
To replace soy as a source of protein in animal feed, he said, the formulation used by the plant is a combination of black tilapia and trash fish.
“The price of each bag (50kg) of this animal feed can be sold around RM35 lower than RM70 currently and can help farmers provide cheaper animal feed to boost the animal feed industry. livestock in Terengganu,” he said.