KOTA KINABALU: The public are encouraged to visit farmers market in their areas to buy fresh and cheap daily necessities compared from other markets.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Datuk Yahya Hussin, said the products sold at farmers market are better and consumers can save their expenditures from five to twenty percent.
“Red chillies are sold at Rm7.00 per kilo at farmers market but other traders surrounding Kota Kinabalu will put a price up to Rm12.00 and consumers can save up to Rm5.00,” he told media when visiting Asia City Farmers Market, here this morning.
He also said that consumers can find up to 73 kinds of necessities at farmers market including vegetables, fruits, retail goods, marine products, and meat.
He added that his ministry through Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (FAMA) is working on several programmes such as ‘Jimat Belanja Daput di Pasar Tani’ and Jualan Turun Harga Pasar Tani’ which started on 9 February across the state.
These programmes are one of the government’s efforts to tackle the rising price of goods in the market besides from helping local entrepreneurs to increase their income.
“Local entrepreneurs have the opportunity to sell directly their products to consumers without having to go through third parties,” he said.
Yahya also announced the construction of the new permanent farmers market by FAMA in Asia City which will start this year with a cost of RM2 million.
“The planned farmers market is the first to be built in this country, and will give more space for traders and consumers,” he said.
About 39 farmers market units with 850 traders have been established in Sabah which recorded RM11 million in sale as of December 2014.
The government also planned to build four more farmers market in the state this year. – SayangSabah