KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 12 – The recent flood in Cameron Highlands has not effected the supply of vegetables, fruits and flowers to the market traders and consumers although there has been fluctuations in prices. Sharvintran Ganesan 21, a market trader who sells vegetables at the Bangsar wet market, said the price of leafy vegetables has increased due to high demand.
“The price of tomatoes and spinach is increasing but the other vegetables that I sell are not affected because I sell them at a controlled rate,” said Sharvintran who has been selling vegetables for three years. Sharvintran also assured that the prices of vegetables will not be affected in the upcoming Christmas season.
Jack Lim 22, another vegetable trader said although the Cameron Highlands flood has not affected his business, the overall rainy weather has affected the price of his vegetables. Lim also related the effect it would have on his customers. ” It is difficult to convince certain customers who don’t understand the cause of price fluctuations. Some understand and some don’t,” said Lim who has been running this business for more than 30 years.
Alagupandi, 27, a florist in the wet market said he has a good relationship with flower suppliers from Cameron Highlands and he buys flowers at a fixed price from them. “Even if the prices rise, that wouldn’t be much difference. The differences will only be about 20 to 40 sen.” he said.