Sufficient rice supply in Selangor, no need for panic buying, says MB

SHAH ALAM: The stock of local white rice (BPT) in Selangor is sufficient based on the state’s monthly requirement which is 45,500 tonnes, says Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari.

The Mentri Besar said that at the same time, the supply of BPT will also start to stabilise from next month with the production of rice as harvesting in Selangor begins.

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"On Wednesday (Sept 20), the State Executive Council Meeting (MMKN) had called the Selangor Padi and Rice Regulatory Division on rice supply and they reported having sufficient rice and that the people need not make panic purchases,” he said at a media conference after officiating the Ehsan Rahmah Sales Appreciation and launch of the Selangor Agricultural Development Corporation (PKPS) new logo here Thursday (Sept 21).

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He said the rice output capacity in Selangor is 138,903.13 tonnes annually from 18,061.53ha of padi cultivation land by 6,871 padi farmers.

"This is equivalent to an output of 4.19 tonnes for each hectare. But last year, we managed to produce 75,000 tonnes from Sekinchan alone due to padi diseases and uncertain weather,” he said.

Meantime, Amirudin said that from Thursday, residents in the state can buy a 5kg bag of local rice for RM13 at seven locations, namely the Wisma PKPS outlet, Section 14, and the Ehsan PKPS outlet, Section 9, in Shah Alam; Ehsan PKPS outlet, Meru; Ehsan Kiosk, Selangor Fruit Valley, Bestari Jaya and three Ehsan PKPS mobile sales trucks making their rounds in Selangor.

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"Selangor residents can contact the Selangor Padi and Rice Regulatory Division at 03-3289 8419 or 017-223 0771 via WhatsApp, and we will take action within 24 hours to overcome any complaints on BPT supply," he said. - Bernama

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