Fama to im­port 2 mil­lion co­conuts for Ra­madan

New Straits Times - - News -

ALOR STAR: The Fed­eral Agri­cul­ture Mar­ket­ing Author­ity (Fama) is im­port­ing ad­di­tional co­conuts from In­done­sia to meet the higher de­mand dur­ing Ra­madan, which starts on Satur­day.

Its direc­tor-gen­eral, Datuk Ahmad Ishak, said Fama was cur­rently im­port­ing about one mil­lion co­conuts from In­done­sia and the sup­ply would be in­creased to two mil­lion dur­ing Ra­madan and the Aidil­fitri fes­tive season.

He said the sup­ply of es­sen­tial items such as chill­ies, veg­eta­bles, chicken and beef were ad­e­quate for the fast­ing month and the fes­tive season.

“Re­tail­ers and traders fac­ing a shortage in sup­ply are en­cour­aged to con­tact the Fama of­fice to ar­range for de­liv­ery.

“We will en­sure there is am­ple sup­ply to pre­vent the prices of es­sen­tial items from in­creas­ing,” he said af­ter launch­ing the PreRa­madan My Best Buy pro­gramme at the Com­mu­nity and Car­a­van Mar­ket in Jalan Kuala Kedah here, yes­ter­day.

Ahmad said Fama was set­ting up 20 more MyFarm out­lets to help con­sumers buy es­sen­tial items at cheaper prices.

He said the move was meant to en­sure that es­sen­tial items were eas­ily ob­tained.

Fama set up 11 MyFarm out­lets last year, among oth­ers in Precint 7 in Putrajaya, Seri Man­jung, Perak, and the Ru­ral Trans­for­ma­tion Cen­tre (RTC) in Ke­lan­tan.

“Fol­low­ing the over­whelm­ing re­sponse from con­sumers, we will add 20 more MyFarm out­lets this year.”

The MyFarm Out­let ini­tia­tive na­tion­wide was an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak in Jan­uary last year.

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