DESPITE the rain, about 25,000kg of fruits and vegetables were sold out within three hours during the My Best Buy (MBB) sales organised by the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama).
Penang Fama director Habibah Sulaiman said they stocked up around 54,000kg in anticipation of good demand during the event.
“But if they finished before 5pm, we will make arrangements to increase the stock.
“Visitors bought their daily essential items here such as vegetables, fruits, fishes, and poultry, which were sold between five and 20% cheaper than market prices.
“Even when it was raining, visitors still came to buy the items, ” she told reporters after the launch of MBB at Fama Corporation Sdn Bhd (Famaco) in Bukit Mertajam on the Penang mainland recently.
Habibah said the vegetables, which were sold at RM1 per bundle, contributed to the brisk sales.
“However, only 1,000 packets of these vegetables were sold at RM1.
“Among the other items that were sold at RM1 were round cabbage, Beijing cabbage, pumpkin, watermelon and pineapple.
“By noon, only 500kg of fresh chicken provided by the National Farmers Organisation were left, ” she added.
Habibah also said most of the entrepreneurs had reached RM10,000 in sales as at noon.
“On other days except Fridays, consumers can walk into Famaco to buy their essential items between 8am and 5pm, ” she said.
Also present were Fama director-general Zainal Abidin Yang Razali and Fama chairman Ishak Ismail.
Ishak said Fama has plans to expand Famaco to 40 operating centres nationwide.
“This subsidiary of Fama has shown remarkable success in buying local produce and selling them directly to consumers.
“From January to October 2019, nearly RM2mil worth of produce were bought from Penang’s farmers, ” he said.
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