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“Plant your own vegetables” Penang Consumer’s Association Suggests As Vegetable Prices Increase

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Source: Utusan & Berita Harian

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The increase in food and vegetable prices have been the talk of the town recently as the skyrocketing prices are expected to go on for some time. 

In order to survive and reduce the cost of living, The Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) has urged people to start plating their own vegetables amidst the hike in goods prices.

Vege prices are not going down anytime soon

According to Utusan, CAP’s Education Officer, N. V. Subarrow said that planting our own vegetables in the backyards is the only measure that can be done for the time being as the downtrend in the prices is not going to happen anytime soon.

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In fact, Subarrow stated that the hike in the prices may continue until the upcoming Chinese New Year, which falls on 1 February 2022.

Aside from reducing the burden of the price hike, consumers can also plant their favourite and common vegetables at home WITHOUT needing a huge space for it.

Among the vegetables that he mentioned are:

  • Sawi (mustard greens)
  • Kangkung (Water spinach)
  • Kailan
  • Spinach
  • Peppermint
  • Pegaga
  • Kesum
  • Selom (water celery)

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To make things easier, vases are not necessarily needed to plant the greens.

Use mineral water bottle for small roots and biscuit tin for big roots

Subarrow said that household items such as milk cartons, drinking bottles, or even small containers can be used for plants with smaller root systems.

Additionally, plants with bigger root systems such as okra/lady’s finger and brinjals can be planted in biscuit cans and cooking oil bottle as big as 5 litres.

If you have little to zero experience in planting the greens, fret not! 

CAP is actually having regular training and practice for anyone who is interested in acquiring some skills in planting the vegetables.

Anyone is invited to join the practice, especially housewives who can easily plant them at home.

The guide in home plantation and pest management are also available for sale in CAP’s office.

“Home plantation is worth it as it will benefit the whole family with fresh and chemical-free vegetables,” he said, while assuring that people who live in high buildings can also do the same as long as the plants are exposed to sunlight.

On the other hand, Menteri Besar Perak recently launched a campaign known as Kebun Kita (Our Garden) as part of the initiatives to encourage the people to do their part in reducing the cost of living.

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If you’re interested in the training provided by CAP, you may register at the office or contact Subarrow himself at 012-5374899.

 

Also read: Penang Restaurant Charges Customer RM18 For Small Portion of Salted Fish Kailan

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Source: Utusan

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