SOLD IN PERLIS

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as not ev­ery­one was able to dis­tin­guish be­tween haru­ma­nis and other man­goes with sim­i­lar fea­tures or colour.

He said one of the mango var­i­ties that was al­most iden­ti­cal to haru­ma­nis was Thai­land’s tom dam.

Zulk­i­fli said fake haru­ma­nis sales were mush­room­ing in the state due to high de­mand in do­mes­tic and over­seas mar­kets.

Checks re­vealed that the price of haru­ma­nis man­goes could reach up to RM40 per kg, much higher com­pared with the RM26 floor price set by the state gov­ern­ment.

He said ear­lier this month, he stum­bled upon a stall sell­ing tom dam as haru­ma­nis in front of the de­part­ment’s premises.

Given the lo­ca­tion of the stall, he be­lieved that many con­sumers from out­side Perlis would think that the man­goes were sup­plied by the de­part­ment or that the de­part­ment could have checked or mon­i­tored the sales of the man­goes.

He said the de­part­ment had no au­thor­ity or con­trol of the sale of haru­ma­nis out­side its com­pound.

“The de­part­ment has no power to stop peo­ple from sell­ing fake haru­ma­nis. We can only pre­vent con­sumers from fall­ing prey to the fraud by spread­ing aware­ness about it.

“Con­sumers are en­cour­aged to re­fer to those who are fa­mil­iar with haru­ma­nis or get in­for­ma­tion on the fruit at the Haru­ma­nis Ex­cel­lence Cen­tre here.

“On­line cus­tomers are ad­vised to ask for the sup­plier or farmer’s ad­dress for ref­er­ence.”

He urged traders in Perlis to be hon­est and sell not only gen­uine haru­ma­nis, but also good qual­ity ones.

READER PIC COUR­TESY OF NST

Fake haru­ma­nis are sold at RM30 per kg in Padang Be­sar.

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