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The Big Read: Global supply chain shock has farmers dumping food as consumers fret over shortages, price hikes

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SINGAPORE: Across the Causeway, hundreds of melons have been left to rot on the fields of fruit farms and tonnes more thrown in the dumpsters, since Malaysia went into a lockdown on Mar 18 in response to a surge in COVID-19 cases there.

Under the movement control order (MCO), which is now extended till Apr 28, fresh markets and roadside stalls have been ordered to close, so demand for fresh produce has dropped dramatically, farmers said.

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