When Malaysia first announced its chicken export ban back in June, Singapore panicked because our chicken rice supply was in jeopardy.
Nearly three months after panicking like headless chickens, Singapore has mellowed out for the most part; we get our chicken from Indonesia, Thailand, Brazil and the US now.
Malaysia who? Don’t know her.
Malaysia May Be Resuming Chicken Exports
Starting from October, some farms rearing chicken specifically for export in Malaysia may resume their activities after gaining the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry’s (MAFI) approval, said Annuar Musa, the chairman of Malaysia’s task force against inflation.
What this means is that Malaysia’s current output of chicken will still be dedicated to their domestic supply, and some farms will be breeding extra chickens for export purposes.
Mr Annuar explained that the number of chickens that the farms intend to export need to be approved by MAFI first to ensure that output meant for domestic consumption is not affected.
Above all, Malaysia will be prioritising their own domestic supply of chickens, citing that having a bit of oversupply can help bring down the prices.
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However, in consideration of the breeders who believe that exports should be resumed, the MAFI has decided that certain farms who have the capacity can export, as long as it does not affect their existing output for domestic consumption
The task force will continue to monitor the market to make sure that there is an adequate supply of about 70 million chickens per month, or 2.3 million daily to meet the domestic demand.
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Additionally, the price ceiling of RM9.40 (S$2.93) per kg for a whole fresh chicken will not be raised after 31 August.
This price ceiling has been maintained since 1 July.
The initial chicken export ban of 3.6 million chickens was implemented due to complaints of supply shortages and price increases of chicken, as some traders were selling their chickens above the price ceiling to cover the rising costs of energy and feed.
The ban was partially lifted in mid-June, allowing poultry importers in Singapore to bring in live kampung and black chickens.
Although Malaysia asserted that the export ban will only be temporary, lasting two months at most, it has gone on longer than originally anticipated.
Prior to the ban, Malaysian economists stated that Malaysia would be losing a customer—which it did—and this has been brought up by Kluang MP Wong Shu Qi in Malaysia’s parliament.
However, Dr Kiandree responded by saying that Malaysia could always find an alternate customer to sell their exports to.
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