Companies Allowed To Import Frozen Chickens From Dec To Feb Next Year Says Agri Ministry
The government has allowed companies to import frozen whole chicken from this month to February next year, said the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry today. - NSTP file picPUTRAJAYA: The government has allowed companies to import frozen whole chicken from this month to February next year, said the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry today.
The ministry in a statement said the move was to cover shortages in chicken supply, involving import consideration of up to 10,000 metric tonnes or 5.5 million chickens per month.
Companies wishing to import frozen chickens must be registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and have cold storage facilities, said the ministry.
"The import permission will only be allowed from countries and slaughterhouses that have been approved by the government," it said.
On Dec 1, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the government would import frozen chicken to enable the people to obtain chicken at a lower price.
The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry said the permission was a temporary measure until supplies could be stabilised by the local chicken industry.
It said, based on observations by the Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia (DVS), the country is facing an average of 18 per cent shortage in October and November, adding that it was expected to continue to this month.
"This could be attributed to the sudden increase in demand following the reopening of economic sectors especially hotels, restaurants and catering services from October," it said, adding that it has led to rising prices of up to RM10 per kilogramme of chicken in wet markets and supermarkets.
"This intervention measure took into account all aspects to ensure that supplies of chicken in the market are sufficient and at reasonable prices, while making sure the welfare of local chicken breeders continues to be safeguarded," it added. – BERNAMA
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