The year-end monsoon season has affected the production of vegetables in Cameron Highlands, leading to price increases of up to 50%. According to Cameron Highlands Vegetable Growers Association secretary Chay Ee Mong, low pollination, photosynthesis and temperatures had affected the vegetables. It has been raining in the highland over the last few days, and such weather usually creates a prolonged impact on vegetable production.
“Depending on the types of vegetables, the price increase is easily between 30% and 50% more,” Chay said, adding that vegetables expected to see a price hike were tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies, beans, capsicum and selected leafy vegetables.
He said vegetable production would usually return to normal by the end of January, once the weather settled. Chay also said that the farmers were still affected by a labor shortages and hoped that the authorities would look into the problem soon.