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When the Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented, food supply chains were affected and farmers resorted to dumping unsold vegetables and fishes as they couldn’t reach consumers in time.
Determined to prevent this food wastage, the Sarawak government has bought 39 tonnes (nearly 40,000kgs) of agricultural produce from 30 farmers.
According to Bernama, the state spent RM90,000 to purchase farm produce for sale to consumers.
This project is part of a RM2.3 million special assistance allocation by the State Agriculture, Native Land and Regional Development Ministry for farmers and fishermen during the MCO period.
The ministry is also in collaboration with the Sarawak Agriculture Department, 28 Area Farmers’ Associations (PPK) and the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) to continue purchasing produce from farms to ensure continuity of the food supply chain in Sarawak.
Aside from that, farmersâ€™ associations in collaboration with FAMA also organised a â€˜Direct Sales From the Farmâ€™ programme where agricultural products are marketed to the public and wholesalers.
Thereâ€™s also plans for the state government to work with the farmersâ€™ associations and the private sector to start online marketing and home delivery.
As for the fishermen, RM600,000 has been set aside to implement the purchase programme for fish catch.
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