The Johor Poultry Breeders Association’s secretary Lau Ka Leng, urged Malaysia to lift their export ban of chickens to Singapore, or the local industry will lose out.
He cited Singapore’s approval to source chickens from Indonesia instead of Malaysia for frozen, chilled and processed chicken meat.
Lau added that it the government doesn’t lift the ban now and they wait even longer, chicken breeders will be facing the consequences.
He added that once Singapore commits to Singapore as its source of chicken, it would take the breeders a long time to be able to export chicken to the country again even after the ban is lifted.
However, he further added that in the long run, Singapore would likely have Malaysia as its main source of chicken again, citing Malaysia’s chicken prices as among the “cheapest in south-east Asia”, and that the chickens that the Malaysians produce are larger.
Malaysia previously imposed a ban on the export of chicken to Singapore, until the prices and production domestically stabilise.