EVERYONE knows that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables to stay healthy.
The Government has been encouraging the people to eat more local fruits to reduce the foreign exchange outflow and at the same time help the people in the agriculture industry.
Land has been given to farmers to grow fruits for local consumption to achieve this objective.
The farmers when not given titles to the land make a hue and cry but when they get the title, the fruits they produce are exported to neighbouring countries.
The best fruits are exported and we, the locals get the lower grades and at exhorbitant prices at that.
If one wants to eat Grade A local fruits one has to go to Singapore or Hong Kong!
Just look at the prices of some of our local fruits: bananas cost almost RM5 a kg, papayas RM5 per kg, starfruit RM5-RM6 per kg, guava RM.5-RM6 per kg, honey guava more than RM10 a fruit, and pineapples RM3-RM5 per fruit.
How do you expect an average income family to afford such prices, let alone the lower income group.
I hope the Government can put a cap on exports.
Only excess production, after satisfying the local needs, be allowed to be exported. Afterall the land is given at a low premium to farmers and we should not subsidise foreigners.
Hope the ministry concerned will take note.
RETIRED Petalig Jaya