The rearing of free-range chickens is one of the enterprises that can enhance the Gross Domestic Product's added value product yield. This is proven with the success of "Syarikat Norajijah Plantation Sendirian Berhad", a free-range chicken rearing farm.
Awang Lim Beng Chee, a free-range chicken farmer has been in the business for 13 years. In August 2016, the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood has offered a 2 hectare land located at Lot C, Batumpu agriculture Development Site in Bengkurong Masin. Awang Lim Beng Chee operates the farm with his son, Awang Lim Yoeng Chee. According to Awang Lim Yeong Chee, in 2017, the farm sold 27 thousand 918 chickens. This year, the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood has added another 1 point 3 hectares to the farm's area, subsequently allowing the farm to increase its production.
During the farm's start-up, various challenges were faced due to lack of experience and knowledge on chicken rearing. To ensure the farm runs smoothly, a number of measures have been implemented such as the study and understanding of management methods by undergoing related courses that can enhance knowledge and skills. Apart from that, the Department of Agriculture and Agrifood has also given valuable tips to the company.
Currently, the farm has more than 16 thousand free-range Cobb chickens, brought in from malaysia and has 12 chicken coops. There is a difference between the Cobb free-range chickens and normal ones. The Cobb chickens must be less than 2 months old before being slaughtered, while normal free-range chickens must be more than 6 to 7 months old before slaughtering. The health of the livestock must be taken seriously in order to control diseases.
From the halal aspect, the farm's chickens are sent to Syarikat Haji Jamahat bin Haji Liman Abattoir, which is recognised by the Halal Food Control Section, Syariah Affairs Department. The company is deciding to increase product yield by enhancing and developing the enterprise through increases in area and the existing number of livestock according to current needs.
Source: Radio Television Brunei