Malaysia now has an oversupply of cheap chickens because nobody is buying them

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After months of shortages, Malaysia now has an oversupply of chickens. Agriculture and Food Industry (Mafi) Minister Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said the chicken industry has stabilized thanks to measures taken by the government.

According to the Malay Mail, Malaysia’s move to abolish Approved Permits (APs), allow imports of chickens from other countries and ban exports of chickens overseas has helped the industry recover.

As chickens are plentiful, chicken prices have also fallen below the maximum price set by the government.

As an illustration. Image: Farhan Najib/Malay Mail

While cheap chickens sound like good news and a good deal, another problem has bought it.

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According to Kosmo, cheap chickens are not doing well in Terengganu. Chicken vendors in Kuala Nerus and Kuala Terengganu reported a 40% drop in sales despite the price of chicken dropping to RM7.30 per kg, compared to the peak price of RM9.40.

A vendor, Ahmad Ibni Hasan, 38, said only 100 chickens are being sold daily, compared to 180 chickens previously.

He believes there are fewer customers because cheaper chickens are being sold elsewhere.

I’ve been selling raw chicken at RM7.50 per kg and that’s the lowest since 2021. Before that it was RM11.50 before prices dropped to RM8.50 per kg last week.

Ahmad bin Hassan

Kosmo reported that the price of chicken sold ranges from RM7.30 to RM7.50 per kg.

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Another seller, Abdullah Endot, 55, said chicken prices have fallen because it has gotten cheaper at all levels, including suppliers.

He used to be able to sell 200 chickens in a day, but now he could only sell less than 100 chickens and had to keep the extras to sell them the next day.

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