Malaysian Pig farmers advised to cut production
Pig farmers should cut their production by 25% to 30%
and reduce the number of sows in their farms for breeding, according to the
Federation of Livestock Farmers Association pig unit head Beh Kim Hee following
the rising global price of maize and feed and the Indian Government's decision
to ban the export of maize.
Beh said although farmers had raised the ex-farm price of pigs from RM 5.60
per kg to RM 7.10 in the past two months, it was still not enough to sustain the
high cost of production.
â€œSome farmers are selling off their pigs at
cheaper prices because they need cash to buy the various feed ingredients which
are more costly nowâ€. The price of maize has risen from RM 1,050 per metric
tonne to RM 1,500 early this month.
Soya bean meal, which comprises 20%
of the feed, costs RM 2,100 per metric tonne now compared to RM 900 a year ago
while wheat prices had tripled to RM 900 within a year.
â€œNow with India's
decision, it may lead to a situation where even with money, we will not be able
to buy the maize as it would not arrive in time,â€ he said.
Beh, imported maize from the United States and Argentina would take two months
to arrive leaving pig farmers facing the prospect of not having any supply of
maize for the next few weeks.
â€¢ Federation of Livestock Farmers
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