DAP leaders and elected representatives bought about 150 tonnes of fresh vegetables from Cameron Highlands farmers for distribution to needy families nationwide.
Tanah Rata assemblyman Chiong Yoke Kong said the campaign has helped poor families unable to source for food during the movement-control order (MCO) period, as well as farmers who are stuck with more produce than they can sell because of logistics issues caused by the partial lockdown.
The campaign was launched three weeks ago, helping farmers offload more than 150 tonnes of fresh vegetables, he said.
“The extension of the MCO several times (has) unfortunately caused a slowdown in the logistics. Besides that, several large markets and wholesale markets are temporarily closed due to the pandemic.
“This resulted in the unconventional situation whereby the sales of agricultural products were sluggish while many consumers could not buy vegetables when they wanted to or could not afford to buy vegetables,” Chiong said in a statement.
The DAP assemblyman said the party’s MPs and assemblymen from across the peninsula arranged to buy the vegetables from farmers at wholesale prices or to connect farmers to various sales channels.
There are still other types of agricultural products, including fish and fruits, that producers and farmers can’t offload because of the MCO, he said.
Vegetable deliveries from Cameron Highlands faced problems in the early days of the MCO, which began on March 18, because of roadblocks, disruption to logistics services and rules that stipulated fewer workers. – TMI