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