KOTA KINABALU: Desa Cattle Sdn Bhd (DCSB) aims to expand production on commercial scales to meet increasing demand for high end quality dairy and beef products.
Desa Group of Companies Chairman, Aksyah Nasrah, who disclosed this, said it is apparent that the volume of foreign exchange loss due to food imports will continue to escalate due to the increasing demand by the growing population.
“Plans must be put in place to address such unhealthy phenomena.
“Food security is also an important aspect particularly in unforeseen circumstances such as in natural disasters, and presently the pandemic interrupting food supplies due to stagnant cross border movement among countries and continents hence affecting accessibility.
“Desa believes DCSB will be one of its entities capable to spearhead, manoeuvre and propel the ruminant sector into greater heights.
Downstream production of animal products will also be leveraged to add economic returns for the Company, including exports of such products which are growing in demand outside Sabah,” he said in a statement in conjunction with the handing over of the Keningau Integrated Livestock Centre (KILC) project by Sabah Economic and Investment Authority (Sedia) to DCSB vide its wholly owned subsidiary Desa Keningau Livestock Industries Sdn Bhd (DKLISB), within the ambit of Desa Group, here Monday.
The event, which was witnessed by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Haji Noor, marked yet another significant milestone in the history of Desa Group and its subsidiary Desa Cattle (Sabah) Sdn Bhd which was first established to develop the cattle livestock industry, particularly the dairy sector in Sabah.
“Our highest gratitude and appreciation to the State Government of Sabah, in particular the YAB Chief Minister for having the confidence in DCSB to take over the ownership, and henceforth the development and management of the project,” said Aksyah.
He said today, the DESA trademark name bears witness to the many successful achievements in multiple poultry and livestock products made available not only in Sabah but also have penetrated other markets in other states in Malaysia and other neighbouring countries.
“In line with our Vision of First Choice Brand in Food Products and Services to Consumers, “DESA” is now a household name in Sabah, and one can easily purchase DESA products such as chicken, fresh milk, cheese, yogurt, beef, etc. in our thirteen Desa Fresh Marts (DFMs) in Sabah.
“With the taking over of KILC project and the setting up of more DFMs, Desa is confident to uphold its Vision of First Choice Brand in Food Products and Services and consistently supply fresh, hygienic and Halal chicken, milk and beef products to consumers throughout Sabah for the coming years.
“Wholesale and Retailing distribution centres and agents are also found throughout the State to supply fresh, hygienic and halal premier DESA products at reasonable and affordable prices. Desa is involved in other agriculture intensifications and animal feed production through joint ventures and also actively involved in the agro-tourism sector through its famous Desa Dairy Farm at Mesilau,” he said.
Aksyah said the handing over of KILC to Desa will enable DCSB to exploit to the fullest its own land of over 1,000 acres in Sook where the KILC Project is presently located for optimal production in lowland dairying, beef and fodder production.
“DCSB will tap on its local talents in the company and also local folks in the area to apply intensified strategies for ruminant production,” he said.
Aksyah also reiterated that DCSB and other companies in Desa must continue to advocate modern technologies as well as animal welfare in all aspects of the production chain, which I believe in Sook will need to be intensified immediately to boost efficiency and productivity.
He said the practice of precision agriculture must be included in areas such as breeding, health management and feeding of the animals in the KILC project.
“Much needs to be revamped in the project to suit the aspirations of the Sabah Maju Jaya (SMJ) roadmap for achieving viable financial gains, and ultimately contributing to fostering the economy of the State,” he said.
As Chairman of Desa Group, he said he has faith in the Chief Executive Officer and management team of the Group to undertake the management of KILC so that another hallmark in food production can be established in the interior region of Sabah.
“The company will also serve as an excellent avenue for local agropreneurs to emulate so that the livestock sector will gain more momentum and prominence,” he said, while also thanking SEDIA for working untiringly over the last few months to make this transfer of the KILC to Desa Group so smoothly and successfully executed.