Monday, January 30, 2023

M’sians are now facing a “chicken” problem after cartels shut down farms as protest

NewsM'sians are now facing a "chicken" problem after cartels shut down farms...

Consumers and traders in the country are now facing a shortage of fresh poultry after 4 poultry companies are reported to have suspended their operations in a “boycott”.

According to Utusan Malaysia, the cartels planned to shutdown certain chicken farms to boycott the government’s delay in providing a subsidy of 60 sen per kilogramme to poultry farmers.

“So far, four companies have issued circulars to all parties regarding this. Some have started to shut down their operations today, and some will start tomorrow and will end on Monday,” the report said.

Source: FMT

“This will disrupt the chicken supply chain, with the market expected to suffer a loss of RM26 million,” said the source, adding that other companies are planning to join the boycott soon.

The issue has since become a hot topic among Malaysians on social media, with some venting their frustration over the supply disruption.

Among them were Kangar MP Noor Amin Ahmad, who shared an anecdote that a poultry trader told him, that it is not an issue with the supply, but the ceiling prices are not profitable for them.

“Here we learn the importance of positive and negative government market intervention.” he said.

Meanwhile, Twitter user @wudulover criticised consumers for not educating themselves about the realities of the economy and were easily swayed by low prices.

Some put the blame on the ministers for not doing anything to resolve this “chicken” problem.

In response to this, some traders at the Selayang wholesale market have bought live chickens directly from breeders as a stopgap measure.

In Penang, some poultry sellers were reported to limit their sales per customer due to the shortage, while others chose to close their small businesses for a few days.

Recently, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Alexander Nanta Linggi refuted allegations that a group of poultry industry cartels were planning to close poultry farms on Saturday and Sunday as a protest.

He added that only one livestock farm company in Melaka would be closed for 2 days and that the closure would not affect the chicken supply in the market.

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