JOHOR BARU: Johor government has assured enough supply of food during the movement control order (MCO) due to Covid-19 pandemic.
State agriculture, agro-based and rural development committee chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali said consumers need not worry about food supply during the MCO.
“I want to stress that food supply such as vegetables, fish, chicken and meat will be available throughout the state.
“The public should not worry as Johor is the main supplier for vegetables, fruits, chicken, eggs and meat in the country, ” he said in a statement here.
Samsolbari also pointed out that fish supplies in Johor was enough to meet demand as fish breeding was ongoing and fishermen were going out to sea to fish.
He added that so far there were no fish-dumping cases by fishermen in Johor as claimed by some quarters.
He said, however, that there were some logistics issues over seafood movement due to MCO.
He urged suppliers to contact the Fisheries Development Authority of Malaysia (LKIM) to get relevant documents to resolve this issue.
“Until March 25, state Agriculture Department issued 212 confirmation of food chain activity letters and notices of operation of food supply chain premises.
“Johor hopes individuals involved will apply for the confirmation letter to make it easier for them in conducting agricultural activities, ” he added.
Samsolbari said the public could also get agricultural products at Pasar Tani Kekal which were operating as usual during the MCO.
“Under Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama), we have 27 Agrobazaar Kedai Rakyat (AKR) and nine Agrobazaar Rakyat (ABR) throughout Johor, ” he added.
He said most Felda areas were still under control with oil palm harvesting going on as usual.
Samsolbari said the closure of a factory in Felda Adela due to Covid-19 had been overcome with oil palm being sent to another factory in Felda Semenchu to be processed.
“In areas affected by the pandemic, Felda has taken full responsibility for the welfare of settlers’ families who were quarantined.“Felda is monitoring the situation at their D’MART Felda shops to ensure enough supplies throughout MCO period.
“Each settler has also been given a RM500 limit per month to buy necessities at D’MART, ” he said.
Over concerns that farmers in the state were expected to suffer losses of up to RM1.5mil during the MCO due to poor sales and closure of markets, he said the Agriculture Department will work with Fama to find ways to boost sales for those affected.
He said the Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (LPNM) was handling the large supply of pineapples produced by farmers in the state.
“Due to low demand and difficulty in marketing, LPNM has put in place measures for some 600,000 pineapples harvested and ensure these do not go to waste.
He said the measures included sending excess supply to other states.
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