KOTA KINABALU: Federal Agriculture Marketing Authority (FAMA) is planning to set up permanent farmers markets in several districts in the state beginning this year.
Minister of Agriculture and Food Industry, Datuk Yahya Hussin, said the plan will make Sabah as the first state to establish permanent farmers markets specifically for selling agriculture products in the country.
“The permanent farmers market will first built in Asia City, Kota Kinabalu with a total costs of RM2 million,” he told the media while visiting Pasar Tani Asia City for the Jualan Turun Harga Programme, here this morning.
He said that the proposed site has been approved by Asia City management department and Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK).
The plan will also be carried out in Sandakan, Tawau, and Keningau after the completion of FAMA research in identifying strategic sites for the plan in these districts.
“With the permanent farmers market, traders do not have to wait for certain days to sell their agricultural products, and it can be directly sold to consumers daily,” he added.
It will also be a place for local entrepreneurs to increase their incomes without going through the third parties, he said. – SayangSabah