This is a follow up to my last posting on chicken prices.
If you read the following Bernama report, the Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Wira Mohd Johari Baharom is considering issue of import permits for chicken to stabilise the price if the chicken price continues to rise. Hell, this fellow must be a virgin of sorts, who can’t see beyond his nose. It is just the start of Ramadan and chicken prices go up, what does he accept in the month to follow.
Being a minister, RM7 for a kilo is chicken feed, but is this fellow aware that there are consumers buying one chicken when the normal order is for two. Stupidly, he says prices are cheap compared to neighboring countries, but these countries have different money values.
He thinks like a kindergarten kid when he says, “transport costs and increase in demand could be the course”. As a minister don’t you keep track and are you still new to the job. As a minister you are a failure.
Being a newbie, he may not know Malaysia imports 3.4 million birds to Singapore, per month, which keeps the importers happy because of the value of currency.
He never gave details of “ the last year offer” – and there were no takers, but minister, Thailand is the biggest supplier of chicken and our business chaps must be eunuchs not to benefit by this. So, Johari, good luck to you.
JITRA, Aug 15 (Bernama) — The government is ready to issue import permit for chicken to stabilise the price if it continues to rise, Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Wira Mohd Johari Baharom said.
He said the increase in the price of chicken to about RM7 per kg compared to the farm price of RM4.70 per kg since the start of Ramadan was still reasonable.
"It is still cheap compared to the prices in the neighbouring countries. Transportation costs and an increase in demand could be the cause for the hike," he told reporters after joining a poor family in Teluk Malek, near here, for a sahur (pre-dawn Ramadan meal).
Johari said last year the ministry offered to issue import permit for chicken but there were not takers because the price of chicken was still within the reasonable range.
He also assured the people that there would be sufficient supply of chicken, meat and eggs during the Aidilfitri.
"Some 1.4 million to 1.5 million chickens are produced daily by farms in the country, which is more than the daily demand of about 1.3 million to 1.4 million," he said.