JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has assured the public that there is sufficient supply of agricultural products for Hari Raya Aidilfitri this year during the conditional movement control order (MCO) period.
State agriculture, agro-based and rural development committee chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali said that as the main supplier of meat, chicken, fish and vegetables, Johor has ensured that it has enough supply for the festive season.
“To fulfil the increase in demand for the Hari Raya celebration this time around, we have ensured that we have enough supply of agricultural products for the public," he said in a statement here on Thursday (May 21).
He also said that agricultural and farming activities were conducted as usual during the conditional MCO period.
He added there is in fact surplus of beef, mutton and poultry following a decrease of demand.
“Although there was an increase in the demand of fish during the conditional MCO, we still have sufficient supply for Hari Raya," he said, adding that the production of chicken eggs is also stable.
Samsolbari also said the state Veterinary Department has issued permits for the slaughter of some 539 cows, seven buffalos, 318 goats and 55 sheep.
“Although night markets and farmers' markets (Pasar Tani) are not allowed to operate during the conditional MCO, the state government through the state Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority has provided eight controlled fresh markets (PST) to operate throughout the state as well as 18 agrobazaars.
“For fish, there are four Fish Landing Complexes, nine fishermen markets, two fish collection and distribution centres as well as 11 wholesaler and retail markets under the Johor Malaysian Fisheries Development Board (LKIM) in the state, ” he said.
On a separate matter, he added that some 54,746 families from the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority (Felcra) and Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (Risda) would be receiving special Hari Raya financial aid.
“Of the number, 27,642 of the families are from Felda, 14,618 from Risda and 12,486 from Felcra.
“Of the RM148 mil allocated for those from the three agencies nationwide, RM16,423,800 were allocated for Johor, ” he said.
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