Terengganu To Breed 'Jamnapari' Goat To Excel As Mutton Producer
KUALA TERENGGANU, Dec 25 (Bernama) -- The Terengganu Veterinary Services Department plans to use the Jamnapari mixed breed of goat from Indonesia in its goat-rearing programme to be launched next year in the quest to make the state the largest producer of mutton in the country by 2008.
Department Director Dr Azizol Mohd Sharom said Sunday the department had already imported 500 of these goats at a cost of RM500,000, and they were under quarantine at the KL International Airport pending a health check.
He said the Jamnapari mixed breed of goat was bigger in size than the local goat and its price was not too much higher than that of the actual Jamnapari breed.
Dr Azizol said the department planned to import 1,000 of these goats in two batches of 500 each next year and in 2007 to meet the state's objective of becoming the top producer of mutton.
Between 10 and 40 goats would be allocated to selected breeders who would be given guidance on breeding techniques, he said.
People interested in the breeding programme could submit their applications to the department, he said, adding that they should meet certain criteria such as having breeding grounds, experience in goat-rearing and attended courses run by the department.
The state government has allocated RM6 million for the goat-rearing programme up to 2008, he said.
December 25, 2005 14:35 PM