July 5, 2022
Malaysia's poultry breeders call for chicken export ban to be lifted
The Johor Poultry Breeders Association from the state of Johor, Malaysia has called for the country's chicken export ban to be lifted or the domestic sector will lose out, following Singapore's approval of Indonesia as a new import source for poultry, The Straits Times reported.
Lau Ka Leng, the association secretary, said it is not too late for the government to lift the ban, but any further delay and chicken breeders will suffer.
Even after the ban is lifted, he said it would take a long time to be able to export chicken to the country once Singapore commits to having Indonesia as its source of chicken.
Indonesia has been authorised as Singapore's new supplier of frozen, chilled, and processed chicken meat, according to the Singapore Food Agency. Brazil, Thailand, and Australia are some of Singapore's current sources.
Chicken exports to Singapore were banned by Malaysia in early June until domestic prices and production reached a stable level.
Standard chicken's maximum price in Peninsular Malaysia has been set at MYR 9.40 (~US$2.13; MYR 1 = US$0.23) per kg as of July 1.
Lau said that eventually Malaysia would serve as Singapore's primary chicken supplier once more.
He said the cost of chicken in Malaysia is still one of the lowest in southeast Asia, and the size of the chickens they produce is higher.
- The Straits Times