Malaysian floral businesses face staff shortage, supply disruptions and drop in revenue

Loosening of restrictions during the conditional movement control order (CMCO) has brought little relief to the floral industry in Malaysia. However, many dealers saw a slight increase in sales as gifts were sought for Mother’s Day.

Cameron Highlands Floriculturists Association president Lee Peng Fo said demand for flowers had declined severely, with little sign of it going up again.

“Orders had dropped down to 20% or 30% of what we used to get before the MCO. There has not been much of a difference during the CMCO.

“However, sales have picked up slightly earlier this month because of Mother’s Day on May 10,” he told theSun.

Lee, who supplies mostly to florists in Kuala Lumpur, said recent limitations on hiring foreign workers have also caused a serious problem.

Read more at theSun (Keertan Ayamany)

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