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Malaysia: Vegetable prices soar due to wet season

Consumers in the Johor Baru district have had to fork out extra money when buying vegetables as prices of the fresh produce in the area have increased following heavy rain in recent weeks.

“We (traders) cannot do much in terms of prices as supply is largely determined by weather conditions and prices set by wholesalers,” said one trader. Prices of vegetables could increase by as much as 20%.

Bittergourd would cost about RM6 per kg from RM3.50 in August while peria katak (balsam apple) had increased from RM4 to RM8 per kg and kangkung was RM5 instead of RM3.50. Eggplants were selling for RM11 from RM10 per kg last month, while kaffir lime had increased from RM4 to RM8 reports

Spring onions have also increased to RM9.40 from RM3.50 per kg.

A box of 12kg of cauliflower now cost RM90 from RM45, while the price of broccoli in a 12kg box had jumped to RM50 from RM40.

Fresh local red chillies from Batu Pahat and Kulai now cost about RM19 per kg, up from RM17.

In addition to heavy rains and low harvests, Malaysia has stopped importing fresh red chillies from China, Thailand and Vietnam.

Federation of Vegetable Farmers Association president Lim Ser Kwee said prices of vegetables in Johor were going up because of the heavy rain.

“Supply is largely determined by weather and we (growers) have no control over it,” he said.

Lim added that Johor and Pahang were the country’s two main vegetable producers in the country, with most farms located in Batu Pahat, Kulai and Simpang Renggam in Johor, as well as the Cameron Highlands in Pahang.


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