kheru2006 (kheru2006) wrote,
kheru2006
kheru2006

Why the high prices?

WE are constantly reminded and encouraged to buy and eat local fruits. Malaysians, by and large, have always enjoyed eating the many varieties of local fruits.

Malaysian fruits taste better than most of the imported ones and their nutrient content is greater. Who would dispute the unique aroma and excellent taste of the durian, the king of fruits?

It is time the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) make efforts to ensure that local fruits are sold at a price affordable to the lower-income group.

Our orchards abound with fruits throughout the year, even though some of them are seasonal. Despite the fact that there are many varieties to choose from, the most disappointing aspect of our local fruits is their price tag.

Gone are the days when the pisang emas, jambu air, jambu batu, langsat, duku, manggis, papayas and others were sold at less than a ringgit a kilogramme.

Customers often look for less-sweet pisang rastali at supermarkets and night markets, but hardly find them nowadays.

Even the longer-sized yellow-skinned beranang is difficult to get because many varieties of similar types are sold at exorbitant prices.

The price of local fruits is being raised gradually, to the extent that some are twice as expensive than they were a few years ago.

It is time the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) make efforts to ensure that local fruits are sold at a price affordable to the lower-income group.

The Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry Ministry is in a better position to control the price of fruits. It has all the resources at its disposal to call up the parties concerned to determine prices to eradicate unreasonable price hikes. It is not enough for Fama to organise farmers’ markets at certain centres on specific days.

Of late, prices at farmers’ markets are on the increase and on a par with night markets. The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry should exercise regular price checks for the benefit of consumers. Do not deprive our ordinary people from eating local fruits. Otherwise, the “Eat Local Fruits” campaign will be a farce.
Tags: fruits, health, makanan
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