MINISTRY TO CONTINUE ELIMINATING MIDDLEMEN TO ENSURE LOWER PRICE OF PRODUCE

12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 9 (Bernama) -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Agrobased Industry will continue to take proactive measures to wipe out middlemen and keep the price of produce, low.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said the move involved various agencies such as the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) by increasing more farmers' markets, fishermen's markets, community and caravan market (Pakar), Agro Bazar and fresh fruits stall (GBBS).

"We have about 500 farmers' markets and expect about 1,000 more in the next seven years," he said in reply to a question from Manivanan Gowindasamy (PKR-Kapar) at the question and answer session in Dewan Rakyat, today.

Manivanan had asked about the ministry's efforts to tackle allegations on the increased price of produce which could burden the people.

Tajuddin said Fama aims to set up 100 fishermen's markets in two years, while it is also targeted to have 50 Pakars, 500 Agro Bazaars and 350 GBBS in the future.

These efforts will allow farmers and fishermen to sell their products straight to consumers without having to increase the price due to involvement from middlemen, he added.

-- BERNAMA

SYASA MAM IZ JRL