Lebih 300 orang pekebun/peniaga tomato kaum Cina di Cameron Highlands yang pernah buang 'hampas sayuran' depan pejabat FAMA rentetan rasa tak puas hati disebabkan lambakan bekalan tomato di pasaran hingga mereka kerugian berjuta RM, kini telah dibantu oleh kerajaan BN yang 'zalim dan menindas rakyat'!
FAMA telah membeli kesemua tomato berkenaan untuk dipasarkan ke semua rangkaian Pasar Tani di seluruh negara yang mana peniaga Pasar Tani itu lebih 90% adalah Melayu!!
Apa lagi Cina mahu?
Masalah lambakan tomato di Cameron Highlands baru-baru ini berjaya diatasi apabila FAMA membantu memasarkannya ke pasar tani seluruh negara.
Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Asas Tani, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, berkata FAMA sudah membeli 120,000 tan tomato daripada semua peniaga terbabit bagi diedarkan di pasar tani berbanding 60,000 tan pada kadar biasa.
Beliau berkata usaha itu sedikit sebanyak membantu memulihkan semula pasaran tomato tempatan yang terjejas.
"Memang sebelum ini ada berlaku lambakan tomato hingga menyebabkan ia terpaksa dibuang dan merugikan pengusaha." - Berita Harian.
One of the affected farmers, who wished to be known as Choo, 63, said he had been allowing his tomato plants to wither since the price of tomatoes went rock bottom since last month.
"I have started removing the trees by the roots two weeks ago," he said here yesterday.
Choo, who plants only tomatoes on his 1.2ha farm at Kampung Raja, said this was the worst period in his 10 years of farming tomatoes.
"I was told the last time the price of tomates was this low was about 20 years ago."
When asked to estimate his losses, Choo said: "All my sweat and tears are gone".
The New Straits Times reported yesterday that since last month, 100 tonnes of tomatoes had gone to waste due to excess in supply. Cameron Highlands is capable of producing 300 tonnes of tomatoes daily.
Besides being exported to Singapore, the tomatoes are also sold at local markets.
Kuan Ting Woon, 46, said he had destroyed 20 per cent of his tomato plants in Lojing since the price plunged.
Another farmer, who declined to be named, said the price of tomatoes had started to show signs of increase.
"Today, the price has increased to RM1 per kg. I hope the price will remain, or better still, increase in the next few days," said the farmer who runs a farm in Sungai Palas. - Asia One.