KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 1 — PKR revealed today what it said was proof the National Feedlot Centre (NFC) had only met under five per cent of its annual production target, refuting Putrajaya’s claim that the RM73.64 million scheme was a success.
Backing the Auditor-General’s assertion that the project had turned into a mess, PKR strategy director Rafizi Ramli (picture)claimed the NFC’s original target was to produce 60,000 head of cattle annually.
When declaring the project a “success” in Parliament yesterday, Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar had said the cattle farming scheme only produced 8,016 head of cattle in three years from 2008, amounting to 2,672 a year, which is just 4.45 per cent of the 60,000 target.
“Yet, the minister declared the project a success. He clearly failed to refer to these details. We are not cows, we can count,” Rafizi told a press conference in Parliament here.
The 2010 Auditor-General’s Report said the project — linked to minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil’s family — to create Malaysia’s “Beef Valley” had turned into a mess.
Rafizi said it had cost the NFC RM141 million to produce the 8,016 head of cattle, which is 22 times more than the ministry’s original estimate of RM6.37 million to rear 9,000 cows annually.
He was referring to the policy paper on the project that is still available on the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) website.