06 Jun 2022

Malaysian chicken breeders hit by the export ban

Malaysian poultry breeder producers say they have been hit hard by the ban on exporting chicken to Singapore that started […]

Malaysian chicken breeders hit by the export ban

Malaysian poultry breeder producers say they have been hit hard by the ban on exporting chicken to Singapore that started last Wednesday.

Johor Poultry Breeders (Small and Medium) Association secretary Lau Ka Leng said:

“The ban’s impact is expected to last long after it is lifted, and it might drive some breeders out of business.”

The ban has only been in place for less than a week, and we can already feel the effect.

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As expected, Singapore is now looking into getting its chicken supply from other countries such as Thailand and Australia.

“This is a huge loss to local breeders who have been the main suppliers of chicken for the island republic all this while,” he said.

However, Lau said one advantage Malaysian breeders might have in ensuring they could still supply chicken to Singapore after the ban is over is the country’s proximity to the city-state.

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This makes it easy for the chicken to be transported to the island republic. In this sense, there is hope that Singapore would still seek Malaysian breeders after the ban is lifted,” he said.

Lau also voiced his disappointment over the government’s decision to stop providing subsidies to chicken breeders starting July 1.

“We are disappointed with such a move as we feel that we are left to shoulder the burden of the increasing cost of breeding the livestock.

“I believe more breeders would scale down their business or even look into other ventures to cope with the situation,” he said, adding that this could worsen the chicken shortage.

Last Wednesday, Malaysia imposed a




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