New maximum chicken price takes into account interests of all quarters, says Deputy Minister

KUALA BERANG: The new maximum price for chicken, which will be announced Monday (June 27), takes into account the interests of consumers and traders, says Datuk Rosol Wahid.

The Deputy Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister said although there was a possibility of a slight increase in the new maximum price, it was a win-win situation between consumers and players in the livestock industry.

"The ministry, through its enforcement personnel, always conducts monitoring to ensure the supply of chicken in the market and stability of its price,” he told reporters after opening the 15th general meeting of the Hulu Terengganu branch of Persatuan Imam Bilal Mukim here Sunday (June 26).

Rosol said the ministry was also investigating claims that some breeders, wholesalers and retailers imposed additional charges, such as for catching and cutting the chicken and plastic costs, on consumers.

In another development, he said the ministry was aware of the shortage of the 1kg polybag cooking oil in the market and that the ministry had applied to the Finance Ministry to increase the quota to overcome the problem.

"Currently, the government supplies 60,000 tonnes of subsidised cooking oil a month and we are asking for an additional 10,000 tonnes a month to solve the people's problems,” he added. - Bernama

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