BATU PAHAT (Bernama): A hike in the price of onions from India cannot be avoided due to reduced imports caused by monsoon and flood disasters in the republic, says the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry.
Its Deputy Minister Datuk Rosol Wahid said consumers could seek alternatives by opting for onions from several other countries such as Thailand, Pakistan, China, Netherlands, Myanmar and Indonesia.
Currently, he said only the price of onions from India went up drastically but the supplies of onions from other countries were adequate and were offered at the same prices as previously.
‘’However, I find local consumers prefer the onions from India compared to those imported from other countries,’’ he told a media conference after visiting the Teo Seng Capital Berhad egg factory in Yong Peng, near here, on Sunday (Nov 21).
Also present were ministry deputy secretary-general (Consumer Empowerment) Mohamed Zahari Razali and Leong Hup International Berhad Group executive director Tan Sri Lau Tuang Nguang.
Rosol said consumers who use Indian onions must exercise patience and fall back on unions from other countries first.
‘’The minsitry will continue to seek and obtain alternative sources of onion from other countries to meet the demand of consumers in the country,’’he said.
In the meantime, the ministry assurance Malaysians that food supply was adequate and wholesalers were permitted to store 30% more than the normal quota fixed by the ministry during the monsoon season which has just started.
‘’It is aimed at ensuring that the people will not run out of food items during the monsoon season and the recovery and conditional MCO in several states,’’ he added. – Bernama
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