PETALING JAYA: The prices of several vegetables from Cameron Highlands are expected to increase by 30% to 40% after several localities on the hill station were placed under an enhanced movement control order (MCO), reports Sinar Harian.
The vegetables expected to increase in price include tomatoes, Japanese cucumbers, chillies, cabbage, beans, capsicum and salad leaves.
The report said the price increase was anticipated because of an immediate stop to production with 12,000 foreign and local workers unable to leave their homes to get to work.
Cameron Highlands Vegetable Growers Association secretary Chay Ee Mong said production would be disrupted as Cameron Highlands produces about 565 metric tonnes of vegetables every day.
“All the vegetables will increase in price because the remaining supply of vegetables is not even 40% of daily needs. So the rest will be priced higher,” he told SInar Harian.
He said the price increases would be seen starting Monday (June 14) as the consignments of vegetables were expected to reach wholesalers.
On Saturday (June 12), Senior MInister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that several localities in Cameron Highlands would be placed under an enhanced MCO.