CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Independent candidate Wong Seng Yee wants the federal government to review the approved permit (AP) for vegetables to balance the supply in the country.
He said farmers have been complaining that the present system has resulted in more imported vegetables in the market than the local produce.
“Cabbage from our farms, for instance, is priced at about 50 sen per kg but vegetables from China are cheaper.
“If the price (local cabbage) is not RM1 or above, farmers will suffer.
“The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry needs to tweak the AP to stabilise prices,” he said yesterday.
Wong added that prices of vegetables were on the low side last year but had picked up since November.
“This is due to the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations but the revenue from these three months will be used to bear the cost for the remaining year.
“The country needs a good system to control the prices of vegetables,” he said.
Wong said he had created an app “Tanahmu”, which was similar to online shopping platform Lazada, where farmers can sell their produce directly to end users.
“With the app, we can also track the buying trend behaviour.
“This type of data is important as it can promote sustainable farming based on supply and demand,” he said.