Controlled Fresh Market outlets to remain open

JOHOR BARU: The Controlled Fresh Market (PST) outlets will continue to operate as usual to ensure continued supply and distribution of food in Johor.

State agriculture, agro-based and rural development committee chairman Datuk Samsolbari Jamali said the outlets were previously scheduled to operate till April 14. “The outlets are operating daily from 8am to 2pm, except on Tuesday. However, these are only available at three locations from the planned six.

“The ones open are at Datin Halimah permanent farmers’ market, Johor Baru Fama Operations Centre in Jalan Tampoi and Permas Jaya permanent farmers’ market, ” said Samsolbari. He added that the outlets have online services, with all orders and deliveries handled by Johor Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (Fama) staff.

“The public can choose to purchase direct-from-farm food products throughout the MCO period at the PST outlets.

“We plan to open the other three outlets at Bukit Gambir in Muar, Endau in Mersing and the Mersing Community and Caravan Market as well, ” he said, adding that the programme was part of the government’s effort to expand marketing channels for 1,410 Fama contract farmers in the state.

Samsolbari said the three outlets would be open after Fama has enough participants and demand from the public.

“Public response to the three outlets in Johor Baru is positive but we want to assess the situation before opening the other three, ” he said.

The PST outlets were announced by the Federal Government on March 31 in a move to enable the public buy daily necessities in a controlled environment.

The outlets offer fresh items such as vegetables, fruits, poultry, fish, meat and groceries.

Source: The Star

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