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The fight against food protectionism

Jovi Ho
Jovi Ho5/26/2022 05:37 PM GMT+08  • 15 min read
The fight against food protectionism
By banning chicken exports, Malaysia joins a growing list of countries imposing protectionist measures. What can Singapore do?
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A global grain shortage, rising feed prices and the Russian invasion of Ukraine could strike home in an expected fashion — as chicken rice may soon become dearer to Singaporeans.

Diners may cry foul at rising prices for the favourite hawker dish, but a few ruffled feathers are the least of the hawkers’ concerns. On May 23, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the country will halt the export of 3.6 million chickens a month from June 1, in a bid to deal with a domestic shortage and stabilise prices.

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