Prices Of Vegetables Up By 100pc

Johor Bahru – The prices of greens have shot up by 100 per cent in the past three weeks and may see increase in the next two months.

The rainy season on the heels of the clampdown on illegal vegetable farms and the crackdown on illegal workers in Cameron Highlands had contributed to the price hike.

Federation of Vegetable Growers Association chairman Tan So Tiok said the wholesale price of sawi had gone up from RM1.50 per kg three weeks ago to RM3 per kg, an increase of 100 per cent.

He said the wholesale price of pak choy and kailan had risen from RM2 and RM2.50 three weeks ago to RM3.50 and RM4, an increase of 75 per cent and 60 per cent respectively.

“Housewives choose vegetables from Cameron Highlands
as alternatives during the rainy season due to stable prices. The scenario is different this year following the decline in harvest caused by the clampdown on illegal vegetable farms.

“Although there are no statistics to show how the enforcement had impacted the harvest, there are fewer vegetables being sent from Cameron Highlands,” Tan said yesterday. – NST

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