While several major shopping malls and grocery stores around the Klang Valley listed as potential Covid-19 clusters under the Hotspot Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) have taken immediate steps to temporarily close operations after being issued with an order on Saturday (8 May), you can still get prepped for Raya at farmers’ markets.
With only several days left before the Hari Raya celebrations, many were seen flocking to malls and grocery stores to get their basic goods before shut down. Luckily, sixteen farmers’ markets and four Selangor Agro Markets (SAMs) statewide will be in operation for three days starting 9 May to sell basic goods for the Aidilfitri celebrations this week.
According to NST, State Infrastructure and Public Utilities, Modernisation of Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Committee chairman, Izham Hashim, said the farmers’ markets would be opened in public focus areas in every district as part of the government’s effort to reduce inter-district travel, especially in seeking basic goods such as beef, chicken and coconut milk.
“We will ensure supplies of beef, chicken and coconut milk are sufficient, besides, (the state government) will also carry out promotions (coupon subsidies), particularly for the three items. We allocate RM50,000 of subsidy (through coupon).
We will give RM5 subsidy for beef, RM3 for chicken and RM2 for coconut milk for every one kilogram. With this we hope can lessen the burden for Muslims in making preparations for Aidilfitri,” he said.
Izham said the government would continue beefing up the monitoring of the standard operating procedures (SOPs) at farmers’ markets following the enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) in six districts in Selangor, namely in Hulu Langat, Petaling, Gombak, Klang, Kuala Langat and Sepang.