Increased chicken prices due to high feed cost, beyond govt control, says Kiandee

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The cost of animal feed rising globally due to prices of soya and corn meal “is beyond our control”, says Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee.

He said prices have risen over the past four months and the reality is that the country is dependent on imported animal feed.

“We don’t produce enough corn to use as animal feed. If it is imported, we can’t control the price,” he told reporters after giving out bubur lambuk at his ministry on Tuesday (April 20).

The media recently reported that chicken prices have skyrocketed, and among the causes were prices of soya and corn meal, mostly imported from Argentina and Brazil.

However, starting Wednesday (April 21) until May 20, the ceiling price for a standard chicken has been set at RM7.90 per kg under the Festive Season Maximum Price Scheme (SHMMP) for Hari Raya Puasa 2021, said Kiandee.

On the failure of the National Farmers’ Organisation (Nafas) to provide certified rice seeds to Kedah farmers, he said that it wasn’t due to an insufficiency of seeds but a shortage of the variety they wanted.

He said efforts are underway to provide a different variety and that the issue would not disrupt the planting season.

He said he was confident that Nafas would take steps to solve the problem being faced by Muda Agricultural Development Authority (Mada) farmers. – Bernama