Malaysia Faces Food Shortage Ahead CNY, Ramadan

- 14 January 2022 23:01 WIB
Farmers can't replant in time for Hari Raya. (Unsplash/Firdaus Roslan)
Farmers can't replant in time for Hari Raya. (Unsplash/Firdaus Roslan)

JAKARTADAILY.ID - After a series of massive floods devastated parts of Malaysia from December 18 last year, the Malaysians are facing disruptions in the food supply chain ahead of Chinese New Year and Ramadan.

According to Malaysia Federation of Vegetable Farmers Association president, Lim Ser Kwee, many farmers were badly hit by floods in several crucial states, such as Johor, Selangor, and Pahang.

"We will be facing a shortage of vegetables until Chinese New Year and Hari Raya because of the floods. Farmers can't replant in time for Hari Raya. Most farms have been totally destroyed. And there aren't enough foreign workers right now," Lim told The Straits Times on Friday.

"It is hard to count the losses. Farmers start off with two to three acres and expand slowly to 30 to 50 acres, and then suddenly the floods come and you lose everything overnight," Lim added. "It will take at least one to two months to rebuild, and some farmers are not strong anymore. Prices of raw materials have also gone up."

So far, vegetable prices have risen by up to 30 percent and while poultry had increased by 20 percent. Pan Malaysia Koo Soo Restaurants and Chefs Association vice-president, Ringo Kaw, predicted that the hikes may lead to restaurants serving smaller portions.

Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority chairman Mohd Fasiah Fakeh said that the price hikes were due to the floods and several other factors, such as other unpredictable weather in cultivation areas.

However, he believes that the government will be able to "stabilize vegetable prices within the next few months… possibly in a month or two."

Editor: Mukhtar Wijaya

Source: The Straits Times

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