Price of gar­lic sky­rock­ets

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY KONG SEE HOH

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.

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