Many farmers in Malaysia’s Cameron Highlands are stepping up efforts to meet high demand in the lead up to the Chinese New Year period, especially from Singapore. Prices of vegetables are expected to increase due to a gap in the supply chain. However, the spike in demand has placed a strain on some farmers, who sometimes lack employees.
Those in the industry expect vegetable prices to rise in the coming days. “As we get closer to the Chinese New Year, a lot of people are on holiday. Some of our suppliers from China and Malaysia are on holiday, so there’s a gap in the supply chain," said Mr Kelvin Chye, managing director of Thygrace Marketing, a major vegetable distributor in Singapore. This supply disruption also means that certain types of vegetables may not be available over the festive period, Chye added.
Thygrace Marketing distributes vegetables to major supermarket chains in Singapore. Vegetables from Cameron Highlands are an important part of its supply chain.
Despite most supermarket chains announcing that they will remain open throughout the festive period, consumers are still concerned about a potential shortage, Chye added.