Malaysian Agrifood Corporation Bhd (MAFC) is to expand the market for its vegetables and fruits to Singapore, targeting annual sales there of 20,000 metric tons from this year. Executive director Mohd Pahmi Mokhtar said today the exports to the island state will include highland vegetables such as tomato, leafy vegetables and papaya.
`We are doing this to meet demand from Singapore,` he told Bernama after his company signed a marketing contract with the Padang Siding Perlis Area Farmers Organisation here. Currently, he said, the company sells the agricultural produce at supermarkets in Malaysia, with the sales last month amounting RM1 million. Mohd Pahmi said MAFC will work with farmers throughout the country to market their produce such as banana, papaya, starfruit, pineapple and highland as well as lowland vegetables.
`We connect the producer to the market with emphasis on safety, packaging, assured markets, top quality and efficient payment collection`, he said. The recently-formed MAFC has created a food produce network with the aim of enabling farmers to market their produce more widely and increasing their income. Mohd Pahmi said that towards this end, MAFC will build modern collection centres that will ensure the high quality of the produce by having safe handling of produce and reducing spoilage to just 10 percent.