kerana peniaga di situ menjual seluruh hasil kepada singapura.
singapura perlukan hasil tanaman yang fresh setiap bulan kerana mahu memenuhi pasaran singapura.
desakan peniaga yang menceroboh tanah boleh menyebabkan banyak pencemaran dan tanah runtuh berlaku.
peniaga tamak ini ENGGAN mengikut kata pihak kerajaan dan NGO untuk melaksanakan tanaman secara teknikal yang baru tanpa mengganggu tanah baru yang lain.
kerana takut pasaran makanan mereka (singapura) terjejaslah, maka ST SINGAPURA menyerang kerajaan negeri sambil mempertahankan peniaga yang tamak haloba tu !
ABANG LONG NAN ( mb pahang ) wajib untuk tidak tunduk pada desakan peniaga yang tamak haloba ni.
Singapore Straits Times accelerates the concerns by several farmers’ complaint in Cameron Highlands.
Malaysian government was blamed for refusing to grant issue of new land licences to farmers, reported by Lester Kong.
Vegetables from Cameron Highlands are harvested a year round to meet the demand by Singaporeans. Mr Chay Ee Meng, the secretary of Cameron Highlands Vegetable Growers Association, added the transport to reach stores in Singapore takes an overnight trip by lorries. NTUC FairPrice is the main importers from Singapore, which totalled one-third of its 1,000 tons of tomatoes monthly.
- Farmers reiterated that they are restricted to expand their farm sizes.
Mr Chay Ee Meng said that farmers need extra 1, 200 ha (3,000 acres) for vegetables but they expressed hopelessness to obtain permits for new lands.
- When farmers cannot expand their land sizes it means they cannot apply for new loans in order to modernise their farms for higher yields. During the tour of Singapore ST journalist in Kampung Raja, they were told that farmers cannot afford to buy equipment that cost RM 600,000 (S $240,000) sorting machines for tomatoes.
- Therefore, farmers were compelled to enlarge their lands illegally for vegetable and fruit farms. This has caused the encroachment into state lands on the slope that had caused landslides and silt flows into the Pahang’s 136 rivers.
According to L.K., the Star reported that district officer, Datuk Ahmad Daud, expressed difficulty guiding farmers how to create buffer zones between their farms and rivers with the co-operation of Drainage and Irrigation Department. Regional Environment Awareness of Cameron Highlands group also claimed that illegal land clearing was considerable.
- The group’s chief, Ramakrishnan Ramasamy, remarked that farmers unheeded the effort of teaching by government and non-government on how to grow high yields farming techniques without expanding their lands.
Stern actions must be reinforced by relevant authorities to prevent from further stealing of new lands.
Lester Kong must think otherwise; farmers aspiring for big scale business to meet their conflict of interest could affect the supply from all farmers in Cameron Highlands.
Malaysian government should ignore these vegetables and fruit farmers’ complaints as those who aim for huge profits will never get satisfied with their wealth.