JOHOR BARU: Farmers in Sengkang Batu 18 near Bukit Gambir say vegetable production is expected to drop by 15% by the end of December if the weather remains as damp as November.
Tan Chee Kiong, secretary of a group of farmers there, said vegetable production in October was 170 tonnes and 160 tonnes in November.
“I expect it to see a further drop if the rainy season continues. The cost to produce vegetables remains the same as the price of fertilisers and soil has not increased.
“However, we are unable to sell some of our produce as it turned bad due to the weather,” he said.
Johor Nursery Association vice-president Darren Tan said the floods that hit Muar in August affected the production of flowers around the area.
“We have about 150 nurseries under our association and about 70% of them are in Muar. When the district was hit by floods, it affected production of flowers for the whole state and country too, as Muar has among the highest number of nurseries in the country.
“Flower production is typically affected if floods persist for five days or more,” he said.
Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries Minister (I) Datuk Seri Ahmad Hamzah said the ministry was investigating and evaluating losses suffered by farmers and fishermen due to the rainy season.
Speaking to reporters after visiting the Permas Jaya fresh market here yesterday, he said this was to enable those affected to receive aid from the government.
“Affected farmers and fishermen should also report to the relevant agencies so that we can provide the necessary assistance,” he said.
Federation of Malaysian Vegetable Farmers Association president Lim Ser Kwee said the wet spell coupled with lack of labour had affected production.