PUTRAJAYA: Small- and medium-scale chicken breeders are allowed to take advance payments of chicken price subsidy as one of the ways to ensure the supply of chicken in the market remains stable.
Communications and Multimedia Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said who is chairman of the Special Task Force on Jihad Against Inflation, said the payment process would also be made easy so as to enable the breeders to receive the subsidy without hassle.
"They are now given the opportunity to get advance payments before the full claim is paid,” he told a press conference after chairing the special task force’s meeting here on Thursday (July 7).
Annuar said the subsidies provided to chicken breeders since Feb 5 had amounted to RM1.1bil, and based on the report presented at the meeting, the prices and supply of chicken in the market were stable.
"Inspections by law enforcement teams confirmed that chickens were being sold at ceiling price (of RM9.40 per kg), but there were also sellers who were able to sell way below the ceiling price, some even selling below RM9,” he said.
Starting July 1, the government set the new ceiling price for chicken at RM9.40 per kg in the peninsula, RM6 per kg at the farm, and RM8.10 per kg as the wholesaler’s price for retailers.
"We found that the price structure has been implemented well and accepted by all parties involved. This has also enabled the supply to remain stable,” he said.
Annuar added that the entire ecosystem related to chicken production was also being scrutinised and that continuous monitoring would be carried out to ensure that the supply system and the ecosystem remain under control.
He said the government had also introduced several measures to ensure a stable supply of chicken in the market including simplifying import procedures (IP) on four commodities, expediting the import licensing process and increasing the number of abattoirs and slaughterhouses abroad.
“The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services’ (Maqis) import procedures on four commodities, namely soybean, wheat, corn and livestock feed are simplified by deferring permit fees and creating a priority lane for fast entry until the chicken supply returns to normal.
"The import licensing process under the Department of Veterinary Services has also been expedited from July 1, with the approval process to be completed within seven working days compared to 30 to 90 days previously,” he said, adding that it would benefit 380 importers of livestock feed. - Bernama