Federation of Livestock Farmers Associations of Malaysia adviser Datuk Jeffrey Ng said the issue of limited chicken supply was not as bad as it had been made out to be and was mostly due to lack of monitoring at the production level.
He said that while some places may have a shortage of supply, this is only in two or three places. But if you look at any wholesale market or hypermarket, it’s evident that chicken supply is enough for consumers.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government would import 200 to 300 containers of frozen chicken this week to ensure chicken prices were kept low, with supply coming from China or Thailand.
The association urged that manpower shortage also led to the perception that chicken supply was low. Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the local poultry industry has been affected and is in a dire situation as we’ve had to shoulder various cost increases. Many producers have faced losses, with profit hardly exceeding cost. He said that each chicken needs a month (to mature) before it can be sold. How much can one earn if, at the same time, some chickens also die?
To read the original article, visit www.nst.com