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Food Protectionism Spreads With Malaysia Poultry Export Ban

  • PM Ismail says exports of chickens will be halted from June 1
  • Poultry ban will be felt in major chicken importer Singapore
A chicken farm in Selangor.

A chicken farm in Selangor.

Photographer: Samsul Said/Bloomberg
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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 act of food protectionism. 

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.