January 3, 2024


Malaysian agriculture official revealed measures to protect domestic supply of chicken, eggs




Malaysia's Agriculture and Food Security Ministry is implementing intervention measures to ensure a stable supply of chicken and eggs in the market and easy accessibility for the public, according to Agriculture and Food Security Minister Datuk Seri Mohamad Sabu.


The action was revealed in a December 23 Facebook post made by Datuk Seri Dr. Wee Ka Siong, president of the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA). Dr. Wee previously posed questions on steps taken to  address the shortage of chicken and eggs in Malaysia.


For short-term measures, Mohamad said the Malaysian government is providing subsidies to poultry farmers and egg-producing hen breeders to help alleviate rising production costs.


He said the subsidies for poultry farmers have been discontinued since November 1, 2023, while subsidies for egg producers will continue until further notice.


Other intervention measures include abolishing the Approved Permit (AP) for whole chicken and chicken parts which started on May 18, 2022, allowing the import of day old chick (DOC) or fertile eggs from New Zealand and Australia to ensure an adequate replacement stock for hens and permitting the importation of chicken eggs from a new source country, namely Thailand.


"The government will also continue with Jualan Agro Madani programme and sales at the premises of the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), Farmers' Organisation Authority (LPP) and the Malaysia Fisheries Development Authority (LKIM), including farmer outlets, agro bazaars, farmers' shops, fishermen's shops and other outlets," said Mohamad in his written reply to Dr. Wee.


For medium-term intervention measure, the government is establishing collaborations with private companies, government-linked companies (GLCs), cooperatives and other interested entities to invest in the development of the grain corn industry, a primary raw material source for the poultry farming industry.


Mohamad added that the government will be creating contract farms with grain corn entrepreneurs and processing companies to enhance the cultivation and processing of grain corn.


As for long-term measures, the government will be providing financial assistance towards more efficient and environmentally friendly farming practices and reducing the dependence on imported corn by 30% through domestic cultivation initiatives by 2032.


"The government is also conducting research to produce alternative raw materials based on local palm kernel as a substitute source such as palm kernel expeller (PKE) and palm kernel cake (PKC)," Mohamad said.


He added that, from 2022 until August 2023, Malaysia imported chicken from 20 countries. He said the largest imports are from Thailand, China and Brazil.


Meanwhile, for eggs, the country had only imported from India, starting from November 2022 until January 2023.

- The Star

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