20 Jun 2022

Indonesia looks to export chickens to shortage-hit Singapore

Indonesian authorities hope to reach an agreement with Singapore to start exporting chickens within weeks to cover the shortage, officials […]

Indonesia looks to export chickens to shortage-hit Singapore

Indonesian authorities hope to reach an agreement with Singapore to start exporting chickens within weeks to cover the shortage, officials said, as the city-state scrambles to find alternative supply sources after another neighbor Malaysia restricted sales.

In a further sign of growing global food shortages and supply chain issues, Malaysia halted chicken exports this month until local production and soaring costs stabilize.

The move had a knock-on impact in Singapore with restaurants and street stalls hiking the prices of its de-facto national dish, chicken rice.

Susiwijono Moegiarso, a senior official at Indonesia’s Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, said authorities had conducted “technical discussions” with Singapore and hoped exports could start this month.

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The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said in a statement it was “working closely” with Indonesian authorities over the accreditation of the country as a potential source of chicken imports.

Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s biggest and most populous country with more than 270 million people, currently has a surplus in chicken production.

Exports to Singapore, which has an estimated demand of 3.6 million to 4 million birds per month, could help close the gap, Dawami said.

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Singapore wanted to import live chickens in order to keep their domestic slaughterhouses operational, Dawami said, noting Indonesian producers preferred exporting slaughtered chicken since they lacked experience in shipping live poultry.

“Hopefully within the next two weeks there would be realisation, if we have to wait for months we will miss the momentum,” Dawami said.

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