By Reza A Hamid
MELAKA – The ceiling price for chicken in the country will be continued with a new rate between RM9 to RM10 per kilogramme, a slight increment than the current RM8.90 ceiling price which will end this month (June).
According to a source, the government subsidy will only be given temporarily for a minimum of one month to ensure sufficient chicken supplies in the country.
Nevertheless, the matter will be fine tuned during the Technical Committee Meeting to Overcome National Food Supply Security Issues today before it is announced tonight.
“To ensure chicken supplies, the government agreed to maintain the subsidy, however, the new ceiling price will be set between RM9 to RM10 per kilogramme.
“The RM8.90 is no longer relevant and we need create a win-win situation for the farmers, wholesales, retailers and consumers,” the source said when contacted by MalaysiaGazette today.
When asked if there is a possibility that the new ceiling price will exceed RM10, he said that the government rejects any ceiling price above that value.
“There are suggestions to increase it beyond RM10 per kilogramme, however, the government wants to keep it below that price because the people are still affected by the challenges of the economy.
“Furthermore, the new subsidy may be maintained for a short period of one month,” he said.
Yesterday, the Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries, Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said that the new ceiling price for chicken and subsidy rate will be decided in the Technical Committee Meeting to Overcome National Food Supply Security Issues today.
The new ceiling price is adjusted by considering the additional cash aid of Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob recently.
He added, MAFI, along with the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), Ministry of Finance (MOF) had a meeting last Saturday with the industry players of chicken farming industry. – MalaysiaGazette