Malaysia bans poultry exports in latest food protectionism move

Malaysia bans poultry exports in latest food protectionism move

Chickens drink water at the Chicken and Vegetables Farm Meranti facility in Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia, on March 14, 2022. (Bloomberg file photo)

Malaysia’s government met with the country’s biggest poultry producers to discuss subsidies and ensure continuity of local supply as the nation moved to ban exports of chicken in the latest food protectionist move in the region.

The Minister of Agriculture and Food Industries met 12 producers and livestock groups including Leong Hup Poultry Farm Sdn, HLRB Broiler Farm Sdn, PWF Corporation Bhd, and the Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Association of Malaysia on Monday, following a Cabinet meeting that discussed the ban.

Malaysia will halt exports of 3.6 million chickens a month from June 1, and investigate allegations of cartel pricing, Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Monday. The move is likely to hit hard in Singapore, which sources a third of its supply from Malaysia, as well as in Thailand, Brunei, Japan and Hong Kong. 

The ban is the latest in a series of protectionist moves as nations around the world battle rising food costs, partly driven by the war in Ukraine crimping food supplies. Indonesia recently temporarily banned palm oil exports, India restricted wheat exports, and Serbia and Kazakhstan have imposed quotas on grain shipments. 

Source: Bangkok Post.

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