Price of garlic skyrockets
THE price of garlic has skyrocketed as a result of poorer harvest, hike in garlic farmers’ wages, the depreciation of the ringgit and a greater demand.
According to a report in the China Press yesterday, the prices of shelled garlic is going for RM12 and above a kilo in the Klang Valley, more than double its price of RM4-5 a kilo two years ago.
Malaysian Foodstuff Import and Export Association president Datuk Seri Alex Chuah Poh Kiang pointed out that Malaysia imports 7,000 to 8,000 tonnes of garlic a month from China.
He said this is one reason why the item is pricier now.
“We are 100% dependent on China for garlic. And garlic, like our durian, is seasonal, i.e. it is harvested once a year, and can be stored for up to two years.”
Chuah disclosed that at present, not only Asian countries are buying garlic from China but almost all the countries around the world are sourcing the flavoured vegetable from China.
A drop in production due to unfavourable weather and bigger global demand have prompted garlic traders in China to jack up the prices, he said.
Asked if there is hoarding of the commodity, Chuah said this could be happening in China but not in Malaysia.