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Pork Prices to Rise if No New Farms Open

by 5m Editor
29 April 2010, at 5:14am

MALAYSIA - The price of pork will continue to increase if the government does not allow more pig farms to be opened soon, said the Malaysia Pork Sellers’ Association.

Its chairman Goh Chui Lai said the price of the meat in Malaysia was now 30 per cent higher than in Thailand, Viet Nam, China and the Philippines.

“In fact since January, the price has increased from RM7.60 to RM7.90 per kg,” he said, adding that the government’s move to import pork from Canada and Europe did not help to bring down the price.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mr Goh said pork in Thailand was sold at RM600 per 100kg, and about RM550 per 100kg in Viet Nam and China.

“The government should give more permits for pig farms,” he said, adding that price increase for pork would burden the people.

Johor Baru Small Business Association president Chin Yoke Weng said if price for the meat continued to increase, consumers might find other alternatives, according to The Star.

“Then hawkers will have to stop selling pork,” he said.

Mr Chin hoped the government would look into the matter before the Duan Wu Festival next month as then there would be a huge demand for the meat to make dumplings.