Stock daily necessities, China tells families ahead of winter

WION Web Team
Beijing    Published: Nov 02, 2021, 03:00 PM(IST)

People look for products at a supermarket in Beijing, China (file photo). Photograph:( Reuters )

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Chinese government has urged families to keep daily necessities in stock in case of emergencies. Earlier, unusually heavy rains caused vegetable prices to surge. Commerce ministry told local authorities to do a good job in ensuring supply and stable prices in a statement. It also told to give early warnings of any supply issues

After unusually heavy rains caused vegetable prices to surge, the Chinese government has urged families to keep daily necessities in stock in case of emergencies. Earlier, concerns were also raised about shortage of supply.  

In a statement, commerce ministry late on Monday told local authorities to do a good job in ensuring supply and stable prices. It also told to give early warnings of any supply issues.  

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In the run-up to China's most important holiday, the Lunar New Year, the central government goes an extra mile to boost the supply of fresh vegetables and pork. It will fall in early February next year.  

This year, the efforts have become more urgent as extreme weather destroyed crops in Shandong in early October. It is the country's biggest vegetable growing region.   

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Last week, the price of spinach, broccoli and cucumbers had more than doubled from early October. In recent days, the prices have also eased.  

Local authorities should purchase vegetables that can be stored and also look to strengthen emergency delivery networks to guarantee smooth and efficient distribution channels, added the commerce ministry.   

(With inputs from agencies) 

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