More greens to be imported if needed


Dr Chong (left) speaking to representatives of the 26 NGOs that received allocation from Johor government.

JOHOR will consider increasing its import of vegetables if the current hot weather persists and affects the production of crops.

State unity, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman Dr Chong Fat Full said the supply of vegetables in the state remained stable for now.

“We have not reached the point where demand for vegetables is higher than supply.

“If that happens, we will turn to China, India and Thailand to increase domestic supply.

“We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure there is adequate supply of vegetables for the whole state, ” he told the media in Ulu Tiram, Johor.

Dr Chong earlier presented state government allocations to 26 non-governmental organisations (NGO) such as old folks homes and temple associations.

At the event, Dr Chong said the allocations showed that Johor government was concerned about the financial status of NGOs, which were also impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I received many grouses from the associations about their lack of income and contributions during the pandemic.

“They mostly asked for allocations to fund their association activities as well as cover temple maintenance and day-to-day operations.

“I hope this allocation will help them run their associations more smoothly and I encourage more NGOs to apply for assistance from the state government, ” he said.

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