PUTRAJAYA: Permission to export chicken will only be considered if domestic chicken supply is not affected, Chairman of Malaysia’s Inflation Task Force Annuar Musa said on Wednesday (August 17th).

Mr Annuar said this was to ensure the price of chickens could be controlled.

He also said the issue of subsidies to chicken farmers needs to be refined.

Subsidies are provided to chicken farmers to enable them to sell standard chicken at the retail ceiling price of RM9.40 per kg in Peninsular Malaysia.

“In addition to the issue of export, we also need to address the issue of how long the subsidy should be maintained. If we suddenly allow exporting and end subsidies, the price of chicken will skyrocket again.

“We need to make sure that domestic supply is not affected at the expense of chasing a higher profit margin, especially in Singapore which is ready to buy at a higher price,” he said. to journalists.

Mr Annuar said this when asked to comment on a statement by Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Rosol Wahid.

Mr Rosol had said Cabinet would finalize a decision on Wednesday on whether farmers could export chicken.

Mr Annuar, who is also Minister of Communications and Multimedia, said Cabinet members had discussed the chicken export license for which the Department of Veterinary Services had submitted several recommendations.

“To date, the Cabinet has not made any decision (authorization to export chicken). Relevant ministries and departments will follow up on the preparation of data, etc.,” he said.

Mr. Annuar said that currently the national chicken requirement in the country is around 70 million per month, or about 2.2 million chickens per day.

Although supply is said to currently exceed requirements at a level of around 3.5 million chickens, the government will only allow exports if it does not affect domestic needs.

Mr Annuar added that the Inflation Task Force had ordered the country’s Statistics Department to conduct a study to determine the true cost of chicken at the farm level.