DENGKIL – Vegetable prices have stabilised after experiencing a price hike due to unscrupulous traders who took advantage of the flood situation in the east coast, said Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) director-general Datuk Ahmad Ishak.
He said only 10 to 20 per cent of vegetable growing areas were affected by the floods and should not be associated with sudden price hikes.
“Now the market situation has recovered and the price of vegetables has also become stable.
“The price of leafy vegetables such as water spinach, spinach, chilli and mustard greens, which were quite high, have stabilised. For example, the price of mustard greens is now RM5 or RM6 a kilogramme compared to RM8 before,” he said.
He was speaking to reporters after a visit by Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abd Rahim Bakri to the Fama Flood Operations Centre here Thursday.
To protect consumers in flood-stricken states and ease their burden, Ahmad said 67 locations in 51 areas were identified for the Special Post-Flood Farmers’ Market starting this month.
He said the special farmers’ market offered items such as vegetables, poultry, fish, eggs and rice at prices that are 20 to 50 per cent lower than the market price.
Besides that, he said Agromas products like sardines, coffee and instant noodles were being sold at special prices, which is between five to 10 per cent lower.
Participants of the special farmers’ market comprise agencies under the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry namely Fama, National Fishermen’s Association (Nekmat), National Farmers’ Association (Nafas) and Padi Beras Nasional Berhad (Bernas), he said.
“Other entrepreneurs and traders are encouraged to join the special farmers’ market, on the condition that they give discounted prices,” he added. – Bernama