Import More Fish And Vegetables, Suppliers Urge Government

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 – The continuous monsoon season may affect the supply of fish and vegetables, especially with the Chinese New Year next month. Several fish and vegetable suppliers hope the government will give a helping hand with imports to supplement local production if the weather does not change for the better,

A fish supplier at the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market, identified only as Chong, said the supply of fish was falling as local fishermen, especially in the east coast, could not go out to sea due to bad weather and choppy seas. He was left with only mackerel, pomfret, sea bass, sardine and cob, with stocks falling fast. River fish such as catfish was hard to come by, he told Bernama.

His concern was shared by Selayang market fish monger Shamsuri Othman, who has to raise prices as the supply of fish dropped further. “We are worried fish supply may not be adequate in the city, especially during the coming festive season. We are still able to replenish our supply at the moment.”

Meanwhile, a vegetable trader at the Chow Kit market, identified only as Ooi, said prices of vegetables such as spinach (bayam), mustard (sawi) and kailan, had gone up due to the shortage in supply. “We obtain our supplies from local farmers, as well as imports from India and China, but the prices depend on quality and type.

“Local vegetables such as lady’s finger, mustard, kailan and tomatoes have gone up by RM1 to RM3 per kg. “Lady’s finger is sold at RM10 per kg now compared with RM6 earlier, while mustard is sold at RM3 compared with RM2 and kailan at RM8 compared with RM5 previously.”

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