Malaysia's monsoon season typically falls between May to September, and again between November to March. However, the country has been experiencing more rainfall than in previous monsoon seasons, and this trend is likely to persist. Above average rain is forecast over most parts of the country for the month of December 2021. These heavier downpours have hurt vegetable growing conditions, and consequently, the production and price of vegetables.
Considering that 64 percent of Singapore's leafy vegetables are imported from Malaysia, this is now affecting Singaporean consumers. A spokesperson from FairPrice said prices of vegetables imported from Malaysia have "generally remained stable", however, the price of hardy vegetables, like cucumber and bitter gourd, has increased by five to 15 per cent.
Similarly, a spokesperson from the DFI Retail Group, which operates supermarket chains Cold Storage and Giant, said that the cost of a number of their produce items has increased.
According to The Straits Times, vegetable stalls in Singapore saw an increase in price as well.
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