PUTRAJAYA: The government will allow companies to import frozen whole chicken from this month until February 2022, says the Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (Mafi).
This is to make up for the shortage in chicken supply and would involve an import consideration of up to 10,000 metric tonnes or 5.5 million chickens per month.
Companies wishing to import frozen chicken must be registered with the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and have cold storage facilities, said Mafi.
“Import will only be allowed from countries and slaughterhouses approved by the government,” it said in a statement.
On Dec 1, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that the government would be importing frozen chickens to cut prices for consumers.
Mafi said it is a temporary measure until domestic supplies stabilise.
It added that based on Department of Veterinary Services Malaysia observation, Malaysia started experiencing an average 18% shortage in October and November. This scenario is expected to continue this month.
“This could be attributed to the sudden increase in demand following the reopening of economic sectors especially hotels, restaurants and catering services since October,” Mafi said, adding that it had led to price hikes of up to RM10 per kg for chicken in wet markets and supermarkets.
“This intervention takes into account all aspects to ensure that chicken supplies in the market are sufficient and reasonably priced, while ensuring that the welfare of local chicken breeders continues to be protected,” it added. — Bernama