The new RM1.35 million (US$314,000) abattoir in the district opened last month to serve its meat and livestock industry. The government expects the facility will bring in more than RM700,000 (US$189,000) in revenue.
The state government earned more than RM700,000 from abattoir services last year, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan at the opening ceremony today.
In a statement, Kitingan said, “Abattoirs are critically important for the meat and livestock industry,” and went on to say that this is particularly true for small-scale abattoirs.
The previous slaughterhouse in the district was severely damaged by the 2015 flood, but now the government has built a new one that will be suited to industry demands.
The new slaughterhouse is on higher ground, away from the river.
“The government took great measures to avoid water pollution when constructing the abattoir,” he said. “The DVS is preparing to build two more abattoirs, both in Keningau, this year. Construction will finish next year.”
Department of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry (DABI) Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Kitingan said his ministry is looking at the possibility of upgrading the facilities at the Sabah Agriculture Institute in Timbang Menggaris to include veterinary programmes up to the bachelor’s degree level.
Sabah’s Agriculture and Food Industries Minister hopes a new initiative will help resolve the state’s veterinarian shortage, which livestock farmers have linked to the death of their animals.
Meanwhile, the director of the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), Dr Normah Yusop, said that the problem of rising animal feed prices is not a local one, but one faced by farmers around the world.