KUALA LUMPUR – The poultry farmers in Malaysia have given their commitment to continue supplying chickens for the market demand in the country.
“Through the engagement session today (yesterday), the industry has stated their commitment and guarantee that their farms will continue to supply chickens.
“MAFI will continue to hold meetings and engagement sessions with the industry which play vital role and those directly involved in the chicken production chain to ensure the sustainability and production,” the ministry said in a statement today after a session with 12 chicken farmers.
The 12 industry players are namely Leong Hup Poultry Farm Sdn Bhd, HLRB Broiler Farm Sdn Bhd, PWF Corporation Bhd, Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Association of Malaysia (FLFAM) and Persatuan Penternak Ayam Negeri Selangor (PPANS).
In the same statement, MAFI said that it has taken note of all issues raised by the farmers, including the increment of chicken production cost, problems with weight, infectious diseases, weather, Planning Approval process (KM) among others.
According to the industry players, the issues have affected their operation and also impacted the chicken supply.
Besides that, they also discussed about the chicken subsidy via the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS). It has instructed the Poultry Technology Institute (DVS) to facilitate the subsidy claim process for the chicken farmers to enhance the food production for domestic demands.
“Earlier, MAFI facilitated the application procedures to expedite subsidy payments to the chicken farmers.
“Actions are also being taken to mobilise more officers to the states to speed up the review of the application,” said the statement.
Yesterday, the government led by Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced five short-term plans of the Cabinet on the issues surrounding chicken supply and prices.
Among them include stopping the 3.6 million monthly chicken export which will begin from 1 June until the price and production is stabilised, creating chicken buffer stocks and optimise the existing cold-storage facilities owned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) and its agencies.
Besides that, the Approved Import Permit (AP) for round chicken and chicken cuttings will also be scrapped off to facilitate subsidy claims by the chicken farmers, including adding and recognising slaughter plants abroad to increase the chicken supply in the country. -MalaysiaGazette