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M'sian pineapples in demand in China
Publication Date : 27-08-2013
Malaysian pineapples are set to hit the China market with the first shipment of the fruits arriving there next year.
‚ÄúThe Chinese market is huge and offers good prospects for our pineapple growers such as what has happened with our durian,‚ÄĚ said Malaysia's Agriculture and Agro-based Industry minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
‚ÄúChina is expected to become our biggest importer of pineapple, taking over from Singapore and Middle East countries which are now our main export markets,‚ÄĚ he said.
He said China wanted Malaysia to send 100, 40-feet containers of pineapples monthly.
For a start, Malaysia would begin with 10 containers and the figure would increase gradually, he added.
Ismail said that to cope with the demand, the government would increase the existing 15,000ha of areas planted with pineapple by another 7,000 hectares between now and 2015.
Ismail said Pahang has allocated about 2,023.42 hectares of land for the Rompin Integrated Pineapple Plantation under the East Coast Economic Region to help increase pineapple production in the country.
He added that Malaysia hoped to finalise the details with China on pineapple export next month at the Asean Agriculture Ministerial meeting in Kuala Lumpur, which will also be attended by China, India, Japan and South Korea.
On another matter, Ismail said he hoped the government would increase the yearly budget for marketing and promotional activities by the Federal Agricultural Marketing Agency (Fama) under Budget 2014 from the current 500,000 ringgit (US$150,127) which was insufficient.
On complaints of higher chicken prices during Ramadan, Ismail said the problem did not lie with chicken supply at farms but with traders wanting to make a quick buck during the festivities.