Modern pig farms can prevent environment woes, says scientist


KUALA LUMPUR, TUES: Modern pig farms can prevent environmental problems that cause water and air pollution, a scientist said today.

Prof Dr C.T.Tan, a professor at the Department of Medicine, Universiti Malaya, said farms with modern and sophisticated facilities could also prevent an outbreak of viral encephalitis in pig farming areas, like what happened between 1998 and 1999 in Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Selangor.

“Pig farm projects are more of an environmental issue, not a disease issue, how to control it so that it doesn’t pollute the environment. “It is a good thing to upgrade the pig farm into a modern one so that it would be more environmentally acceptable,” he told reporters after presenting a scientific lecture on “Saga of Nipah Encephalitis”, here, today.

He was commenting on the Selangor state government’s decision in approving a RM100 million modern pig farming project in Kuala Langat. He said that ideally, pig farms should be built far away from any bats habitat because the “Nipah Encephalitis” (Nipah) virus had found its reservoir in the bats habitat. “People are more aware of this illness (Nipah) now. They are discouraged from planting fruit trees next to the (pig) farm so that the bats won’t go and chew the fruits and the virus will not spread if the pig eats it too,” he said.

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