Hike in chicken prices likely as feed costs in Malaysia rise

Manpower, transportation costs have also gone up due to Covid-19

New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

The Republic's favourite chicken rice dish may be more expensive in the coming weeks, on the back of chicken production costs hitting record highs in Malaysia.

Suppliers said that prices of fresh chicken are expected to increase by about 10 per cent, with the cost of a live chicken from Malaysia surging to between RM7 and RM8 per kilogram ($2.26 to $2.58), about 30 per cent higher than what it was a few weeks ago.

Already a subscriber? 

Dive deeper at $0.99/month

Want more exclusives, sharp insights into what's happening at home and abroad? Subscribe to stay informed.

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • 2-week e-paper archive so you never miss out on any topic that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 16, 2021, with the headline Hike in chicken prices likely as feed costs in Malaysia rise. Subscribe