JOHOR BAHRU – The Johor state government will work with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) to set up a ‘fair price’ cooperative.
The initiative is aimed at giving the people in the state an option to buy goods that are fairly priced and help ease their burden against the high cost of living, in light of the falling ringgit value.
Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin said the government would also ensure that the people could have accessibilty to ownership of affordable homes.
“We are aware of the high cost of living in Johor Baharu so we are thinking about measures to take, to reduce the impact,” he told reporters here tonight, after attending the 30th Johor farmers market anniversary celebration.
Also present was Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) chairman Tan Sri Badruddin Amiruldin.
Meanwhile, Badruddin said Fama was in the process of identifying idle government land for vegetable, fruit and other food projects.
He said such projects would pave the way for more contract farming opportunities, which is currently participated by 400 farmers.
“Aside from that, we also encourage entrepreneurs particularly youths to join the Community and Caravan Market as they could generate more income through it,” he said.
Badruddin said Fama was targeting to set up 1,000 community and caravan markets nationwide by 2020. – BERNAMA