Duck farmers smiling again

MALAYSIA - It was his first order from Singapore in three months, and Tan Kwang Yang did not lose much time.

Six thousand live ducks were packed into lorries on Thursday, and sent off that night, ready to cross the Causeway the minute the poultry ban ended. "Another 6,000 birds will go tonight," he said yesterday.

Singapore’s ban on poultry from Perak and Selangor was lifted yesterday, ending three months of losses for farmers in the two states.

Until the ban, duck farmers in Perak had supplied nine out of 10 ducks consumed on the island.

Industry sources estimated that Perak farmers incurred losses close to RM3 million a month since the ban in March, which followed the bird flu outbreak.

Source: New Straits Times
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