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Farms languish as cold snap hits South-east Asia

Published on Jan 24, 2014 2:21 PM

FALLING temperatures across the Asian region are chafing farmers and threatening to upset the supply of farm produce, even as the cold snap killed more than 60 people in Thailand.

On Malaysia's Cameron Highlands, famed for its strawberries, tea leaves and vegetables, farmers are frustrated as crops are taking a longer time to harvest.

"When the minimum temperature was 18 deg C, we harvested cabbages in three months," Mr Chai Kok Leong, 45, who owns a vegetable farming business in the Brinchang township, was quoted as saying by The Star.

"Now that the temperature has declined to 12 deg C, we are forced to wait an extra half a month before we can sell them."

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