‘NO SIGNS OF

Breeder was shocked when his roost­ers started dy­ing

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SULAIMAN JAAFAR PASIR MAS news@nst.com.my

MOHD Zaki Ab­dul Rah­man in­vested RM250,000 three years ago to start a farm to breed ducks for eggs in Kam­pung Apa-Apa here, which he ex­panded re­cently to raise fight­ing cocks.

In less than a week, his in­vest­ment and ef­fort had gone to waste when his roost­ers, num­ber­ing about 300, died from the avian flu re­cently. Now, his ducks, which to­talled more than 7,000, are be­ing culled.

Zaki’s farm is the worst hit among breed­ers in the state due to the H5N1 out­break.

The 46-year-old breeder said he started the farm to train his sons — Mohd Hakimi Azrul, 20, Mohd Hakimi Azuan, 19, and Mohd Hakimi Ak­mal, 18 — in busi­ness and to sur­vive on their own be­sides be­com­ing role mod­els to other youth in the district.

“The farm has been do­ing quite well, mak­ing about RM10,000 a month from the duck eggs. I took over the breed­ing of fight­ing cocks from a friend only about a month ago as they promised a bet­ter re­turn.

“The roost­ers were not brought in from Thai­land but were bred lo­cally. Each could be sold for more than RM100, de­pend­ing on its fea­tures and fight­ing prow­ess.”

He said there was no sign of the chick­ens be­ing in­fected with any dis­ease and he was shocked when about 20 roost­ers fell from the coop on Satur­day, fol­lowed by the rest.

Zaki said he knew that they were down with the avian flu and called the Ve­teri­nary De­part­ment.

He said the de­part­ment of­fi­cers came to the farm and started culling the birds on Mon­day. The ex­er­cise is on­go­ing.

“There’s no re­gret and I won’t cry over it as it is fated.

“I hope to start afresh slowly from the com­pen­sa­tion re­ceived and, hope­fully, some as­sis­tance from the govern­ment.

“The farm will grow again, this time big­ger and bet­ter.”

PIC BY MOHAMAAD RAZIS IS­MAIL

Mohd Zaki Ab­dul Rah­man stand­ing near his rooster coop in Pasir Mas.

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