IPOH: THE newly established Perak Rabbit Association is setting its sights on greater things.
Association chairman Hamdan Osman said that the success of their first rabbit show in Ipoh recently had spurred the association, which was registered in June, to look ahead.
"We plan to have similar shows in districts such as Manjung, Taiping, and Teluk Intan every three months," he told Northern Streets recently.
He said that professional breeders would also be brought in to give talks to local rabbit enthusiasts on the proper way to breed rabbits.
"At present, most breeding is done on an ad hoc basis, which affects the quality of the bunnies produced," he said.
He also said that the association had submitted a proposal to the Ipoh City Council in June to start a rabbit farm at Gunung Lang.
To test the feasibility of the project, in April, Hamdan donated and reared 14 of his own rabbits at Gunung Lang.
"So far, all 14 are still accounted for," he chuckled, adding that prior to bringing his rabbits to the farm, it had only three deer and two ostriches.
The association plans keep 32 breeds of rabbits on the farm.
"Besides introducing people to the different breeds of rabbits, we will also educate them on the needs of the rabbits.
"It can also be a tourist attraction," he said.
To sustain the rabbits, Hamdan said the swampy area around Gunung Lang could be used to plant napier grass and pandan leaves.
"No fancy equipment is needed on the farm, just pens to house the rabbits."
Among its plans in the pipeline is the setting up of rabbit clubs in schools.