He added that the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) has been providing subsidies value RM729.43 million (US$165.95 million) to rooster breeders since Feb 5.
So far, 1,644 subsidy requests value RM113.2 million have been permitted by MAFI, he stated.
“All breeders can submit their requests for the subsidies to be channelled. The government will continue to play an effective role, with the help of all stakeholders, to ensure that the food supply is sufficient and priced at a suitable level for the ‘Malaysian Family’,” he added.
On Jun 1, Malaysia imposed a ban on the export of up to 3.6 million chickens per thirty days, in a bid to handle the provision scarcity situation.
“The government’s priority is our own people,” Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob stated on May 23 when he introduced the ban.
Chicken merchants have complained that the elevated prices have lower into their revenue margin, particularly when a worth ceiling is in place.
The worth management mechanism has been in impact since November final 12 months.
The authorities had lowered the worth ceiling for entire normal chickens just a few instances, from RM9.50 per kg to the present RM8.90 per kg, whereas providing a subsidy of 60 sen per kg to breeders in February this 12 months.
Whole normal chickens are processed and offered with head, ft and organs, whereas entire “super” chickens, with a ceiling worth of RM9.90 per kg, refer to poultry which were processed, weighed and offered with out their head, ft or organs.
Despite the export ban, costs of rooster at Malaysian moist markets have but to come down, in accordance to checks by CNA.