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The government guarantees that rice supplies will be sufficient, prices will remain low

Updated: Nov 8, 2023

By Nur Amira Mohd Hedzer (BH Online) - May 16, 2023 @ 3:01pm

KUALA LUMPUR: The government will continue to play a role in ensuring that the country's supply of rice is always sufficient, in addition to keeping the selling price of rice low.

Chief Steering Committee for Selia Paddy and Rice, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Datuk Azman Mahmood, said the selling price of rice in Malaysia is still lower at RM2.60 a kilogram compared to most other countries in Southeast Asia.

He said, compared to other countries, the price of national rice was much lower than Singapore at RM6.70 one kilogram, Brunei (RM5.80 one kilogram), Thailand (RM3.60 one kilogram), Vietnam (RM3.50 one kilogram) and Laos. (RM5.03 one kilogram).

Apart from that, he said, the country has also never faced a crisis of shortage of rice supplies even though it was dealing with the COVID-19 crisis a few years ago.

"Selia Padi and Rice Guard Officials play an important role in ensuring that rice is always available in the country at the cheapest prices in overseas markets.

"In fact, the kingdom has never raised the price of rice on the market even though the cost of other goods has increased," he said after the ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of the JATI rice brand here, today...

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