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EPP 5: Cattle Integration in Oil Palm Estates

  • GNI by 2020 (mil)
    RM150
  • Projected jobs by 2020
    3,600

EPP 5: Cattle Integration in Oil Palm Estates

This EPP, led by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS), focuses on integrating and rearing an additional 300,000 heads of cattle in large oil palm plantations by 2020. The integration will be implemented by estate owners through a cattle breeding and rotational grazing programme, in compliance with Good Animal Husbandry Practices (GAHP).

Two programmes were incorporated to support this effort: A feed programme to increase the supply of locally developed feed to address the rising cost of production; and a breeding programme through artificial insemination to fast-track the breeding of good quality cattle.

In 2012, DVS and PEMANDU identified the need to integrate cattle-rearing, representing the upstream segment of beef production, with the downstream, production segment. Following this, EPP Livestock: Full Value Chain was developed to incentivise downstream players to move upstream and vice versa through collaboration with players under EPP 12: Expansion of Cattle in Feedlots and EPP 16: Overseas Acquisition/Joint Venture of Cattle Farms.

For 2013, this EPP targets the integration of 17,300 more heads of cattle in palm oil plantations, with 5,400 cattle to undergo artificial insemination. The feed programme, meanwhile, is expected to increase production of complete feed to 35,500 MT.


Highlights

  • In May, 17 companies operating in 25 sites signed agreements to integrate 210 heads of cattle within each plantation. Two of the companies were appointed under the feed programme.
  • To reduce the mortality rate of cattle, DVS offered an incentive for each head that survives into adulthood and is transferred into the feedlot.
  • In June, three companies, Ihsan Permata Sdn Bhd, Espek Livestock Sdn Bhd and FELCRA were engaged to help increase beef production under the Full Livestock Value Chain program.
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