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Indian Maize Ban Makes Waves

by 5m Editor
9 July 2008, at 1:48p.m.

MALAYSIA - The livestock industry is bracing itself for a shortage of feed following the Indian government’s decision to ban the export of maize.

According to The Star Online, farmers will face a shortage until the arrival of maize from new sources - for example, the USA.

Malaysia receives about half its supply from India, which has just recently announced a ban on maize exports.

Federation of Livestock Farmers Association of Malaysia (FLFAM) president Lee Ah Fatt said that since the supply from the United States is based on new orders, stocks might take some time to arrive.

“I have appealed to the Government to assist the industry in facing the problem,” The Star heard him say.

Mr Lee also said the government could undertake government-to-government negotiations with India to allow the export of maize to Malaysia, and extend the diesel subsidy programme to poultry and pig farms.

View The Star news story by clicking here.

5m Editor