State planner claims Hubei veggie, meat prices have fallen

China | 3 Feb 2020 12:51 pm

China will strengthen measures to ensure the supply of daily necessities in Hubei province, said Lian Weiliang, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), at a press conference today, CGTN reports.

Prices of some daily necessities have risen as the city's logistics were disrupted from the shutdown. 

Lian said various measures have been implemented to ensure the supply of basic necessities, and prices have fallen by now. 

He recognized that problems have emerged in the coordination of transportation, particularly regarding the supply of vegetables and the replenishment of products. However, Liang said that the problems regarding the supply chain and employees returning to work at companies manufacturing daily necessities are being dealt with.

"The supply level of daily necessities is reflected in the prices," Liang said.

According to monitoring data on February 2, the average retail prices of pork, beef, lamb and eggs in 36 large and medium-sized cities across the country were 0.3 percent, 0.6 percent, 0.8 percent and 1.3 percent lower than previous highs, respectively. The average price of 15 kinds of vegetables fell by 6.2 percent.

In Hubei, taking Wuhan as an example, when traffic control measures were implemented, the prices of some daily necessities increased significantly, but now they have fallen, Liang said.

The price of pork sold in supermarkets and bazaars has fallen by 0.7 percent. The average price of 15 kinds of vegetables fell by 3.8 percent, and the prices of beef, mutton, chicken and eggs were flat.

To further tackle the challenges of goods supply, the NDRC has made a series of plans: to increase supply, to promote orderly resumption of work and production, to enhance supervision and distribution of goods, and to increase the ability to reserve goods, according to Liang.

The government will coordinate with vegetable production areas and enterprises that supply staple foods, meat products, oil and salt, and strengthen their connection with Hubei province to ensure supply. 

Meanwhile, the NDRC will continue working on promoting prevention and control of the epidemic, energy supply, transportation and logistics, urban operations, medical supplies, daily necessities, and the resumption of work of enterprises involved in the national economy and people's livelihood.-Photos: China Daily/CGTN




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