The prices of various vegetables from Cameron Highlands are anticipated to surge by up to 40% in the coming weeks, due to the monsoon season adversely impacting crop production. The president of the Cameron Highlands Malay Farmers Association, Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Syed Abdul Rashid, pointed out that persistent heavy afternoon rains have been affecting crops, particularly leafy vegetables such as cabbage, tomatoes, and coriander.
Syed Abdul Rahman expressed concerns about the compromised quality of crops due to the lack of sunlight and the proliferation of diseases, even for vegetables planted under plastic covers. He highlighted that these weather conditions are expected to lead to shortages, causing a probable doubling of vegetable prices. The adverse weather is also impacting farmers' income, as increased production costs and reduced yields become a pressing issue, particularly for open-air farms affected by heavy rain.