What's causing Malaysia's chicken shortage? Farmers cite higher feed costs, weakening ringgit

Poultry farming costs have increased by some 70 per cent since the war in Ukraine started. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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KUALA LUMPUR - Despite having the capacity to produce chickens and eggs to almost self-sufficiency levels, Malaysia still faces a severe chicken shortage, mainly because of its dependence on imports of feed whose prices have surged in recent months.

Hit by higher costs and other factors, some poultry farmers have stopped production, while others have raised prices despite a price cap set by the government.

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