What is left of NFC – 20 cows, 4 workers and abandoned buildings

(Courtesy TMI)

20 cows, 4 workers and abandoned buildings left at National Feedlot Centre

Far from its ambitious plan to be Malaysia’s premier beef exporter, the farm at the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) is today a picture of desolation with cows wandering amid overgrown grass and dilapidated buildings.

Two years after PKR lawmaker and whistleblower Rafizi Ramli exposed the alleged abuse of federal funds, the 2,000ha farm in Gemas, Negri Sembilan, has only some 10 to 20 cows, a handful of staff and a suit hanging over its management for failing to repay a RM250 million government loan.

The Malaysian Insider on a survey to the farm last week found cows roaming freely while the abattoir buildings are showing cracks and signs of decay.

Previously, the cattle were placed in barns but they were set loose after the scandal broke.

“After the scandal, there was no food, so the cows were allowed to graze around the farm,” one of four employees left at the farm said during the visit.

Declining to be named, the four said their task was to guard the property and check on the cows with two employees on every shift to patrol the area.

“If any of the cattle becomes sick or dies, we just take pictures,” one of them said.

They also have to ensure that no one breaks into the farm as furniture, air-conditioning units and other office equipment are still in some of the buildings. Some electric cables were stolen from the farm last year, they said.

They said the fate of the farm would only be known next year, whether it would be handed over to the Negri Sembilan government or tendered to private companies.

Already, some 500ha of the land have been planted with oil palm.

This sorry state is a far cry from the fanfare surrounding the enterprise, which was part of a high-impact project under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP) aimed at turning Gemas into Malaysia’s “Beef Valley” and cut down foreign beef imports.

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on his tour to the farm run by the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) in June 2011 praised the facility, saying that it would not only meet local demand for beef, but would also penetrate overseas markets.

“The NFC project will make Malaysia a beef exporter. We expect there would not be any problems with supply although Malaysia’s population is increasing at an average of 5% annually.

“The beef will be marketed by big hypermarkets like Tesco and Giant as well as at pasar tani run by Fama,” Muhyiddin had said then, referring to the Federal Agricultural Marketing Agency.

NFC hit the headlines after it was cited in the Auditor-General’s Report for failing to meet its target of breeding 8,000 head of cattle by 2010. It was to have produced 60,000 cattle by 2015.

20 cows, 4 workers and abandoned buildings left at National Feedlot Centre
8 December 2014 – TMI


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