A total of 42 fresh markets under the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) have recorded RM18.9 million (€3.780.000) in sales in the past 10 days. The sales figure was from May 25 to June 4.
According to Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, the 42 controlled fresh markets provided platforms for 348 farmers and 6,879 entrepreneurs to market their products during MCO 3.0, offering options to consumers to get essential items with savings of between 5% and 20%.
Each PST had eight basic commodities, namely vegetables, fruits, fish, chicken, beef, and small- and medium-sized industry products, grocery items and take-out food. For the formal agriculture sector, involving factories, product or food industry manufacturers; they needed to get permission to operate through Covid-19 Intelligent Management System (CIMS) 3.0 under the International Trade and Industry Ministry (Miti).
One farmer said the PSTs had helped him to continue with his business since MCO 1.0 in March last year. “The PST ensures that farmers continue to sell (their products) and helps in reducing loss because of crop damage due to MCO.”