National vegetable supply is secure

14:19, January 26, 2010      

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Ministry of Commerce said the current round of price fluctuations will not last

According to the Ministry of Commerce, from January 4 to January 10, the national commodity markets is running smoothly in general. Among the 57 kinds of major edible agricultural products, the price of 46 species of them increased than last week, accounting for 80.7percent; three species flatted, accounting for 5.3 percent; and 8 species declined, accounting for 14 percent. Among them, vegetable prices continued to rise, the average wholesale price of eight kinds of vegetables rose 4.6 percent.

Wang Bin, deputy director of the Market Operation Department of Ministry of Commerce belived that the recent price rise of vegetables has some objective factors, but price fluctuations are not severe, China's total vegetable supply is guaranteed.

For the recent price fluctuations of vegetables, Wang Bin said that the vegetable consumption is very large, for example, the daily demand of Beijing is 16,000 tons, while only 1,200 tons for need of pork. A considerable part of northern China’s winter vegetables is ransferred from Hainan, Guangxi and Yunnan. The fresh vegetables fear cold, thus transport in winter is difficult, and it is very difficult to be preserved. Since the beginning of winter, major areas of China were hit by heavy snowfall, causing a great influence on the supply of vegetables.

"However, vegetable production cycle is short, the Southern vegetables can be increased in two months, the North greenhouses vegetables can be increased within half a year. So although this round of price fluctuations of vegetables is obvious, but is not so intense, and the time will not last very long." said Wang Bin. The supply of vegetables across the country is guaranteed recently, and some provinces and cities also has a temporary reserve mechanism of vegetables, and has many varieties of vegetables, Northern vegetables and Southen vegetables can complement each other, the impact of the weather and transport is temporary, as the weather improved, the supply will be significantly improved.

By People's Daily Online

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