Drought: Food Production Not Affected So Far – FAMA
KANGAR, April 4 (Bernama) — The ongoing drought due to the El Nino phenomenon has not affected the country’s food production so far, said Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) director-general, Datuk Ahmad Ishak.
He said farmers in the country were now using modern technology to draw water from underground to water their crops.
“If food prices, especially agricultural products such as vegetables and fruits rise sharply, it means there is short supply.
“However, prices of most food items are now quite stable and some are even cheaper than before the drought,” he told reporters after closing a seminar on Effective Marketing of Agricultural Products organised by FAMA Perlis here, today.
Ahmad added that Malaysia’s vegetable exports to Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates and the United States last year was RM826 million while imports amounted to RM3.175 billion.
Meanwhile State Agriculture and Agro-based Industry committee chairman Ahmad Bakri Ali in his speech at the seminar advised Perlis food producers to make quality and cleanliness a priority to break into international markets.