KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 16 — Prices of local seafood and vegetables are set to spike with the current monsoon season lowering yields, according to a news report.
Singaporean daily The Straits Times reported Malaysian fishermen associations and farmers in Cameron Highlands, Pahang claiming that heavy rain and floods in several areas have affected the quantity of their catch and produce, resulting in smaller harvests.
Pantai Remis Fishermen Association Secretary Jeanne Khor reportedly said the monsoon season could slash the fishermen’s catch by 50 to 60 per cent, causing the prices of fish like mackerel to rise up to RM10 per kg while sardines may be priced between RM4 to RM7.
Cameron Highlands Malay Farmers Association chairman Syed Abdul Rahman Syed Abdul Rashid was reported forecasting a 20 to 25 per cent drop to the harvest of vegetables during the rainy season.
He said this will cause prices of tomatoes to soar from RM3 to RM4 per kg and cabbages from RM1.20 to RM2.
Malaysia usually sees heavy downpour during the months of November to January which causes flooding in certain parts, especially the peninsular east coast.
Penang, Kedah and parts of northern Perak suffered heavy flooding two weeks ago due to torrential rainstorms, with the water reaching the roofline in some areas.
Seven people died in Penang during the November 4 flood.
Other towns along the west coast of the peninsula right down to the southern state of Johor which borders Singapore were also flooded recently.