Central emergency reserve systems successfully handle unexpected events

09:23, February 05, 2010      

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The national emergency reserve systems have further improved since the start of 2009, enhancing emergency management capacities, and have played significant roles in regulating pork and sugar markets, combating the A/H1N1 flu epidemic, coping with the "7.5" Incident in Xinjiang, and disastrous cold, rainy and snowy weather, said Zhu Xiaoliang, deputy director-general of the Department of Market Operation Regulation of the Ministry of Commerce, February 3.

Presently, the central meat and sugar reserve systems that combines governmental management and market-oriented operations have been put in place, and the construction of refrigerating houses directly under the control of the central government is underway, with 2 refrigerating houses to be built by March. The work of monitoring emergency goods will also improve step by step, gradually increasing the number of samples and the types of goods for monitoring.

Zhu said that after the government began purchasing and storing frozen pork, the prices for live pigs have rapidly stabilized and rebounded, so the incomes of pig farmers have considerably improved. The pig reserve system has played a positive role in stabilizing the market and increasing farmers' incomes.

To cope with the plunge in live pigs and pork prices, and the continued spread of the A/H1N1 flu epidemic, a daily report system for live pigs, pork and daily necessities markets was launched at the end of April 2009, reporting market situations to higher departmental levels daily. In terms of emergency events such as the "7.5" Incident in Xinjiang, the panic purchase of salt in certain areas, flood disasters in southern China, the earthquake in Yunnan province, typhoons in coastal regions as well as disastrous cold, rainy and snowy weather, emergency monitoring mechanisms were initiated within the minimum possible time to timely collect market supply and price fluctuation information and report to leaders through special news reports providing reference for decision making related to emergency management. To deal with the storm disasters in Xinjiang, the Department of Commerce of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region allocated 1,440 tons of vegetables in 4 batches to disaster-hit areas between January 15 and February 5.

Presently, pork reserved by local governments amounts to about 300,000 tons. Of them, 24,400 tons of pork is reserved by Beijing and 14,000 tons by Shanghai, either exceeding or reaching the scale of pork reserves stipulated by the central government. Various regions of China have generally established the reserve systems of daily necessities including meat, sugar, edible oil, salt, egg and vegetable.

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