Growing pet food industry sparks Sabah’s interest

KOTA KINABALU: It is estimated that two-thirds of Malaysian pet owners spend over RM200 per month on their pets, says Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan.

The Sabah Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Industries Minister said studies showed a growing trend in pet ownership with Malaysians investing substantially in their pets’ well-being.

“The rise in demand for pet-related products and services underscores the resilience and potential for growth in the pet industry,” he said in his speech at the launch of the inaugural three-day Pet Kingdom Expo at the Sabah International Convention Center here yesterday .

Kitingan said he viewed it as a unique opportunity for Sabah in this growing market.

He said Sabah would be able to produce high-quality, nutritious pet food, thanks to its natural resources in agriculture and fisheries.

“By leveraging these sectors, we can reduce pet food costs, making pet ownership more affordable in Sabah,” Kitingan said, adding that Sabah could work towards becoming a leading hub for pet food production in the region.

He said it could enhance market leadership and ensure that Sabahans have access to economical and nutritious options for their pets.

Kitingan, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, said it would be exciting to explore partnerships and strategies to achieve this goal.

On questions about whether there were cases of rabies in Sabah, Kitingan said there was none at the moment.

He said cases of dog attacks, especially in border areas, would be monitored closely and he urged people to stay alert to prevent any cases of rabies in the state.

Some 80 exhibitors are showcasing their latest products and services to the public at the pet expo, which ends tomorrow.

The event will also feature pet competitions, pet shows, adoptions and seminars.

By hadem