No reason to increase price of veggies as floods hit only illegal farms

KUALA LUMPUR - There should be no sudden increase in the price of vegetables from Cameron Highlands as the recent landslide and flash floods affected only illegal farms in the area.

Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the legitimate farms in Cameron Highlands generated about 1.5 million tonnes of vegetables per year and these farms were still running as usual.

"It does not make sense for traders to blame any price increase on the incident that occurred in Cameron Highlands as there is still a supply from there.

"We have not received any reports on a shortage and will continue working with the relevant agencies to ensure that there is no major increase in vegetable prices," he told reporters during a press conference here Thursday, after officiating a seminar involving women planters.