Prices of various fruits and vegetables that come from Cameron Highlands are anticipated to increase by as much as 40% over the next weeks due to the monsoon season negatively impacting the production of crops. The head of the Cameron Highlands Malay Farmers Association Datuk Syed Abdul Rahman Syed Rashed noted that ongoing excessive afternoon rains have been impacting crops, especially leavesy vegetables like tomatoes, cabbage as well as coriander.
Syed Abdul Rahman expressed concerns over the quality decline of his crops as a result of insufficient sunlight as well as the proliferation of pests even in vegetables that are grown in plastic containers. The farmer noted that the current weather conditions could cause shortages and the potential for a double-up in vegetable prices. Additionally, the adverse weather conditions are negatively affecting the income of farmers by increasing production costs and decreased yields turn into the main concern, specifically in open-air farms that are affected by the heavy rainfall.
Source: The Plantations International Agroforestry Group of Companies