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Malaysia: Ban on imported fruits and vegetables

All farmer's markets and national agribusiness terminal outlets will be permitted from selling imported vegetables by 2015, said Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Noh Omar. The move is intended to protect local growers.

"I've discussed this with the Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (Fama), and that from 2015, all farmers' markets and Teman outlets should source their vegetables locally.

"The move will indirectly encourage productivity in the country's agricultural sector.
"If we market products from outside, then all the efforts to set up farmers' markets and Teman outlets would be rendered meaningless," he said.

He said that the ministry was also encouraging farmers to utilise modenr technology in order to advance their productivity.
"At the moment, 40 per cent of vegetables sold at Teman outlets are from the neighbouring countries.
"These vegetables are also grown in our country, and that's why from that year onward, we want vegetables which are available in the country to be sourced locally and sold at Teman outlets," he said.
To increase local productivity, he said the ministry through Fama had identified 2,000 farmers' market operators to come together and run a contract farming project.
"If an operator has five farmers under him, the ministry will help them to obtain instant loans and other facilities to carry out vegetable farming," he said.

Publication date: 3/29/2012


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