120 traders from all over M’sia take part in FT Day carnival, agrobazaar


Shahidan (middle), Jalaluddin left) and Fadlun during the walkabout at the Putrajaya Agrobazaar and Food Truck Carnival. — AZLINA ABDULLAH/The Star

There were durians from Pahang and a fried chicken chain from Kelantan.

Buskers and lively banter from two emcees entertained visitors while they were deciding on favourites such as keropok lekor, fruit rojak and roasted peanuts.

There were also a chilli fishing competition, ulam-eating campaign and lucky draw.

Held in conjunction with Federal Territory Day celebrations, the food truck carnival and agrobazaar at Precinct 2 in Putrajaya saw the participation of some 120 traders who came from as far as Perak, Pahang and Johor.

Roasted banana crisps and peanuts trader Sharifah Abdul Karem said the event had been a good networking opportunity for her as she got to make friends with a fruit rojak seller from Pahang and a putu piring maker from Sungai Siput, Perak.

“This is my first big event since the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I was down for two years not only in the business sense but also health-wise as I was hospitalised for 18 days after contracting Covid-19 in July last year,” said Sharifah.

The crisps trader, who paid RM100 to rent a lot for the three-day open-air event, was able to make RM500 in sales within the first two days, operating from 10am to midnight.

For Che Mazura Mohamad from Pahang, who sold fruit rojak and catfish in fermented durian gravy, the event was one way for the family business to recoup their financial losses.

Che Mazura’s home had been devastated by the December floods but fortunately, her banana trees survived and the fruits were sold at the bazaar.

Event co-organiser Ab Rahaman Sulaiman, who is director for Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya’s Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) branch, said to provide visitors with a good variety of stalls, the agrobazaar was made up of produce brought in by farmers, traders selling agricultural-based products as well as popular food items.

A special invitation was also extended to a Perlis trader to bring in his wild honey.

Putrajaya Food Truck Association chairman Isagani Suradin said it was timely for the event to be held after the long Chinese New Year break as more people would have returned to the administrative capital.

“We should not only base the success of this event on footfall and sales.

“It is good for publicity in the long-run,” he said.

Among those who attended the second day of the event were Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, his deputy Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias, ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Rosida Jaafar and Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) senior vice-president Datuk Fadlun Mak Ujud.

Shahidan went on a shopping spree at the agrobazaar buying tidbits such as roasted peanuts, dried fruits as well as a vase of artificial roses for his office.

He said more of such events should be encouraged.

“Shoppers can find fresh produce here at very reasonable prices,” he said.

Shahidan and his entourage also planted Tabebuia rosea (cherry blossom) at Tasik Putrajaya beside the event site.

This was in conjunction with a campaign to plant 400,000 trees in Putrajaya.

According to PjC, the tree planted by Shahidan marked the 50,000th to be planted here.

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