KUALA LUMPUR – The government today launched the ‘Lower Prices at Farmers’ Markets programme involving 73 types of agro-based products with the price reduction between five and 20 per cent, a step taken in accordance with the cheaper fuel prices.
Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the reduction of the prices will be implemented at 570 farmers’ markets nationwide.
“We want to help ease the people’s burden over prices of goods which remain high despite lower fuel costs,” he told reporters after launching the programme at the Taman Melawati Farmers’ Market here.
He said the ministry had not set a time limit for the programme which lower prices for among others, agricultural produce, marine products, poulty and milk, food and drinks and health and herbal products.
Ismail Sabri said others should follow in the footsteps of the farmers’ market traders.
“They (traders) shouldn’t give anymore excuses for not lowering prices. The ministry will place a hotline number at every stall for consumers to make a complaint if they don’t comply with instructions.
“Those who do not follow the instructions will no longer be allowed to trade at farmers’ market,” he added.
Ismail Sabri also said the ministry planned to open another 50 farmers’ markets this year, in line with the government’s target to open 1,000 farmers’ markets throughout the country by 2020.
He said the ministry also planned to establish permanent farmers’ markets that operate daily. – BERNAMA