TANAH MERAH: Come monsoon season, roots and tubers, such as tapioca and yam, and also corn, become popular food stuff, providing a source of income, especially for village residents.
One of them, Zam Zulfadli Kamarulzaman, 22, said his family had been selling various types of roots and tubers during the monsoon season for the past 10 years.
“There is high demand for these items during the monsoon season and we are able to sell up to RM300 worth a day,” he said when met at his stall along Jalan Tanah Merah-Pasir Mas in Kampung Paloh, Kelantan.
There are about 20 stalls selling roots and tubers along the road.
The tapioca and yam are sold for between RM3 and RM6 per kilogramme. Some stalls also sell corn, priced at RM1 each.
According to Zam Zulfadli, tapioca is the most sought after during the monsoon season.
The tapioca is simmered until it is soft and then eaten with grated coconut, he said, adding that he got his supply of tapioca from his 0.4ha farm and also from villagers.
Zam Zulfadli said besides selling roots and tubers, he sold pumpkin.
Another trader, Kamariah Ismail, 53, sells corn.
She said she was able to sell up to 200 ears of corn during the monsoon season, from only 50 on regular days.
“Some come to buy the cooked corn,” she added.
A rubber tapper, Ismail Yusoff, 46, said he would plant tapioca and other types of tubers a few months ahead to make sure the crop could be ready for harvest during the monsoon season.
“During the monsoon, I cannot go out to tap rubber.
“So, I sell tapioca and various types of yam and potatoes from my farm for income,” he added. — Bernama