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HCM City, provinces work together to ensure supply of goods at stable prices

HCM City will continue to work with southwestern cities and provinces to ensure an adequate supply of goods at stable prices, according to the city Department of Industry and Trade.

Nguyen Quynh Trang, the department’s deputy director, said that a market stabilisation programme between the city and the southwestern region has helped HCM City distributors and retailers find suppliers of quality products.

Addressing a recent conference reviewing the programme, she said that manufacturers have been able to find steady outlets for their products, and as a result, have invested more in expanding production and improving product quality.

Annual conferences have brought together suppliers and buyers between HCM City and localities in the southeastern and southwestern regions. This has increased consumption of the two regions' goods in HCM City and exports via city-based firms.

Trang said the department will continue to cooperate with cities and provinces in the region to exchange information about goods supply and demand, and help firms create production and distribution links. It will also strengthen inspections to secure product quality.

Tran Chi Dung, head of the city's Department of Industry and Trade’s market management division, said the prices of most food and foodstuff items in the city and the southwestern region have been stable in 2019, except for pork.

African Swine Fever (ASF) has seriously affected the local pig breeding sector, reducing pig herds by 30 percent over last year.

Pig prices fell sharply from March to May, but from June prices gradually rose, he said.

Tran Phuong Nga, representative of Saigon Co.op, said that Saigon Co.op has participated in stabilising prices of nine commodity groups, including pork products.

“In the context of price fluctuations of pork and pork-based products due to ASF, Saigon Co.op needs close coordination from suppliers to keep prices stable, while management agencies from central to local levels need to prevent further increases, especially in the days before the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday,” she said.

With Tet holiday approaching, demand for many other essential products, especially pork, will increase strongly.

Conference delegates agreed that besides calling on large pig farms and traders to keep prices stable, consumers should be encouraged to change their habit of buying fresh pork and instead buy chilled and frozen pork, and also increase the use of poultry meat and seafood.

Trang said to ensure pork supply, from the beginning of the year to December 10, businesses in the city imported nearly 14,000 tonnes of pork, an increase of over 150 percent compared to the same period last year.

Poultry meat suppliers such as Ba Huan and San Ha have committed to increase supply by 30 percent for Tet, she said./