Helping farmers and the needy by salvaging vegetables

People observing social distancing when collecting the boxes of vegetables.

THE news of Cameron Highland farmers facing difficulty in distributing their vegetables during the movement control order (MCO), ultimately having to dispose the harvest, caught the attention of many people.

This resulted in a two-prong approach — addressing people’s need for fresh vegetables during this trying time and helping the poor in one swoop.

With the cooperation of Tanah Rata assemblyman Chiong Yoke Kong, Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han arranged for the vegetables to be sold in his constituency at RM40 for a five kilogramme box containing produce such as cucumber, tomato and cabbage.

He said RM30 would go to the farmers and the balance would be handed over to the poor.

“With the MCO, people find it difficult to buy fresh vegetables because a limited number of people are allowed into markets.

“This way, the public can do their part to help the less fortunate,” Ng said.

Puchong resident Alex Chan, who helps with deliveries, was surprised with the overwhelming response.

“The hotline kept ringing and before we knew it, 100 boxes of vegetables were sold out within hours.

“When the residents came to pick up their orders, we took safety precautions such as social distancing and putting the money straight into a cash box.

“This project benefits the farmers, the community and the needy, and some even paid RM50,” Chan said.

Lake Edge resident Wilson Wang said they did not hesitate to support the move upon hearing of Ng’s plan.

“The box has a variety of vegetables and is enough for our consumption,” he said.

After news spread on social media, the first batch of boxes were snapped up within hours.

They also received pre-orders for the remaining stock but were now out of supply.

“I am happy to see the overwhelming support and it is good that we can help each other and prevent precious crop from going to waste,” Ng said.

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