Ministry of Agriculture Inaugurates Feed Factory in South Sulawesi

Ministry of Agriculture Inaugurates Feed Factory in South Sulawesi

Syahrul accompanied by the Director General of PKH and Echelon I of the Ministry of Agriculture inaugurated the PT Cahaya Mario Feed Factory in Sidrap Regency, South Sulawesi Province on Wednesday (29/12) yesterday. He appreciated the steps taken by PT Cahaya Mario to take this business opportunity in the feed industry because it could have other positive effects.

“The feed industry still has potential, so it can create a climate of healthy competition, become a trusted partner for breeders so that breeders can improve their welfare,” said Minister of Agriculture SYL.

“And the most important thing is that this factory can contribute to the surrounding community, including corn farmers,” he continued.

Minister of Agriculture SYL admitted that he was proud and happy with this activity. For that, he asked the local government to support the PT Cahaya Mario Feed Factory to be more advanced in the near future.

“The feed production capacity of PT. Cahaya Mario is 10 tons/hour. With this production, it is hoped that the feed will be cheaper and of higher quality. Come on, the local government must back up, we will make it even more perfect,” he explained.

Along with the increasing demand for broiler meat supply, increased consumption and economic improvement, the demand for feed also increases. So that the feed industry still has potential and opportunities to develop.

However, on the other hand the feed industry is not free from challenges. For example, 80% of the survival of the feed industry is highly dependent on the availability of feed ingredients in terms of quantity, type, quality and continuity. Moreover, the feed ingredients used to produce feed, amounting to 65% come from local feed ingredients and 35% are imported.

The increasing demand for animal feed is often associated with an increase in the need for corn for feed, because corn is the main component in poultry feed. Almost 50% of the components of poultry feed are corn, so any changes in the price of corn will greatly affect the price of feed.

Then, the problem of high logistics costs to bring in feed ingredients, especially corn, changes in cropping patterns and climate and the policy of anti-biotok growth promoters (AGP) free feed.

“All of these are challenges that the feed industry needs to face,” explained Minister of Agriculture SYL.

Director General of Livestock and Animal Health (Dirjen PKH), Nasrullah said he would facilitate and continue to provide support in terms of technology and policies. For example, by coordinating with all parties to ensure the sustainability of the animal feed industry.

“Because this is in accordance with our efforts to realize Independence and Resilience as well as National Feed Security. Let’s create Advanced, Independent and Modern agriculture,” said Nasrullah.