SUPERMARKETS and hypermarkets in Ipoh are seeing a shortage of leafy vegetables recently.
A check by MetroPerak at some of the outlets in the city found that certain shelves, where vegetables such as spring onions, chives, watercress and cabbages used to be placed at, were almost bare.
Some were even empty, with only a small signage to notify customers that their vegetable suppliers were facing shortages due to the recent landslide in Cameron Highlands.
One of the staff said the supermarket has been facing a shortage of leafy vegetables ever since the mud flood struck Ringlet in the highlands in November last year.
“Most of our leafy vegetables are harvested from the highlands, and we would place orders for around 50 to 70 boxes of vegetables each time.
“In the end, only about 20 were delivered to us from our supplier.
“Recently the supply has increased, but the landslide that occurred last Tuesday has once again hampered the delivery of stocks to our premises.
“That is why certain shelves are empty,” he told MetroPerak on Monday.
He also noted that during certain weeks throughout the past two months, they would receive a higher supply of vegetables, while some weeks saw lesser stock.
“The market is still pretty unstable, that is why we have to readjust our prices every Monday, based on the supply and demand.
“For example, some vegetables that were sold at RM2 per kg, will be sold at RM2.30 per kg.
“As for ‘super saver’ items, the prices are controlled by the Government, thus we cannot simply raise prices as we like,” he said.
At another hypermarket, signages were put up, dictating that there is a weight limit to certain vegetables for each family to purchase.
However, a staff said this was unrelated to the scarce supply of vegetables from Cameron Highlands.
“The signages are to deter wholesalers from coming in to purchase our vegetables excessively.
“We put our customers first so that they can still buy vegetables from us,” she said.
She also said it was undeniable that the hypermarket was facing an insufficient supply of leafy vegetables from Cameron Highlands, especially since the mud flood took place last November.
“It was a struggle for us to bring in vegetables for our customers because our headquarters only received about half the amount of stocks from the original amount ordered.
“There is also the issue of the quality of vegetables, as we have to reject those that have reached the end of their shelf life,” she said.