JOHOR BARU: The Johor state government is planning to float the price of rice on sale at its Bazar Rakyat Agro Johor (BRAJ) programme, says Datuk Zahari Sarip.
He also said that the Johor government is also planning to increase the BRAJ frequency as a short-term solution to address the current issues concerning daily essentials.
The Johor agriculture, agro-based industry, and rural committee chairman then added that the details of the plan will be announced by Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi soon.
“There will be a meeting between the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) and the Mentri Besar this Wednesday (Sept 27) on the current situation of daily necessities in the state," said Zahari.
“One of the solutions that we will propose is the expansion of the BRAJ initiative and listing rice as one of the items that we will sell at a discounted price in the programme," he added.
He said that previously, discounts were offered on four items; chicken, eggs, cooking oil, and fish.
“For the next BRAJ, we hope to include rice,” he said.
He said this when met by reporters after the officiating ceremony of the Bright Kids and Parenting Skills programme at Dewan Taman Pulai Indah here, on Sunday (Sept 24).
The BRAJ programme has been held in 125 locations across the state, involving 3,041 entrepreneurs, with RM7.3mil worth of sales recorded as of September this year.
A total of 1.2 metric tonnes of chicken, fish, eggs, cooking oil, vegetables, fruits, and meat have been sold through the initiatives.