KUALA TERENGGANU, April 25 – The recent increase in chicken prices needs to be fully investigated by wholesalers as they are still not respecting the price set by the government.
Terengganu Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Micro-Industry and Hawkers Committee Chairman Mohd Nurkhuzaini Ab Rahman said many traders complained about the high prices charged by wholesalers relative to the price fixed.
“My investigation of Pasar Besar Kedai Payang found that all chicken and fish traders were complying with the Hari Raya Puasa 2021 Holiday Season Maximum Price Control Program (SHMMP) which came into effect on April 21. However, their profit margins are very low due to non-compliance at the wholesale level.
“For example, the government had set the maximum price for standard chicken for wholesalers at RM 7.10 per kg, but they sell it to traders at RM 7.50… some at RM 7.80, while the retail price suggested is RM 7. 90. This means that some traders only make 10 sen of profit, ”he said.
He hoped that Terengganu’s Ministry of Internal Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) would immediately monitor prices at the wholesale level.
Previously, he had spent nearly an hour monitoring prices and meeting with market traders. Also present were Ahmad Shah Muhamed, member of the Bandar State Assembly, and Saharuddin Mohd Kia, director of Terengganu KPDNHEP.
Meanwhile, some chicken traders Bernama met admitted they had to settle for lower profits in order to avoid being penalized for selling more than the stipulated price.
Trader Nur Hasanah Zahari, 31, said she only made a profit of 10 sen for every kg of chicken sold because the wholesale price was RM7.80.
“What can we do ?. We have to follow the price control system which is RM 7.90, but I am grateful because there are buyers concerned who understand this situation and are willing to pay more to create a situation. win-win.
“I really hope the government can resolve this issue quickly,” she said, while questioning why no action has been taken against roadside traders selling chicken at over $ 7.90. RM.
There are 11 types of products listed in the price control system in Terengganu, including ikan tongkol (skipjack tuna), local beef, selayang fish (scad), buffalo meat imported from India, and mackerel. , aimed at curbing unreasonable price increases during Ramadan and Aidilfitri celebrations. – Bernama