Camerons mudslide only affected illegal farms

Camerons mudslide only affected illegal farms

KUALA LUMPUR - None of the farms involved in the recent flash floods and mudslide in Cameron Highlands is legal and as such, there is no reason for a lack of vegetable supplies.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob said Cameron Highlands generated 1.5 million tonnes of vegetables yearly.

"And, this is from the registered farms there," he said.

"The produce from the illegal farms are not part of our total vegetable output and, therefore, if something happens to them, there should not be any impact on the price of vegetables."

Ismail was speaking to reporters after launching a leadership seminar on women farmers at Menara LLP here yesterday.

He, however, said his ministry would work with the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Con­sumerism Ministry to ensure that vegetable prices did not soar.

"If there is a lack of supply, we will bring in imported vegetables to keep the price down," he said, adding that this had always been the measures taken by the authorities.

On action taken against the illegal farms, Ismail said it was not under the jurisdiction of his ministry.

"This is a land issue and so, it is the state government's."

When questioned on concerns that local farmers did not have enough farm hands following a crackdown on illegal immigrants hired there, Ismail said that should not be an issue either.

He said the farmers could raise the matter with the ministry and it would then be brought up to the Cabinet committee in charge of foreign labour.

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