PORT KLANG: The Farmer's Organisation Authority (LPP) has announced it will be importing 4,536 tonnes of chicken from Thailand as part of its chicken buffer stock initiative.
It expects that this amount will be enough to cover 20% of the domestic supply and will import the chicken in stages until the end of July.
LPP director-general Datuk Azulita Salim said the buffer stock could also be used to offset price fluctuations if there was a shortage of chicken.
She said an allocation of RM50mil had been approved by the Cabinet for the implementation of the programme.
"All the chickens that enter the country through this programme are halal-certified and have obtained approval from the Department of Veterinary Services," she said after inspecting the cold room facility of the Selangor State Farmers’ Organisation (PPN), on Wednesday (June 29).
She said for a start, six containers - each containing 20 to 21 tonnes of chicken - would be imported from Thailand by Selangor PPN and the National Farmers Organisation (Nafas).
Azulita said apart from Selangor PPN, Johor PPN and Perak PPN would also bring in three and five containers of chickens respectively, soon.
On the level of poultry production by LPP to reduce dependency on outside sources, Azulita said the agency poultry production rate currently stood between 1.8 and 2 million tonnes. - Bernama