Veggie Shortage And Fuels Price Hikes-yo te amo

Food-and-Drink A shortage in the supply of a number of farm products like garlic, green beans and corn has partly led to rising prices, the Ministry of Agriculture said last Friday. The price of green beans and garlic has tripled in the past weeks, business portal China Food Network reported. Green beans are selling for about 20 yuan ($2.9) a kg and garlic is selling for about 10 yuan a kg, the network reported. But the average price of 28 vegetables monitored by the authorities has continuously decreased in the past three weeks, latest figures from the ministry showed. The supply of green beans and garlic has plunged because of lower production and increasing exports, said Ma Shuping, deputy director of the ministry’s crop farming department. Green bean production was hit by bad weather, decreasing more than 130,000 tons .pared with last year, Ma said. At the same time, more than 230,000 tons of the produce were exported, she said. Domestic supply of green beans fell by at least 400,000 tons .pared with last year. Besides the supply shortage, more and more people are drinking green bean soup on hot days in line with health trends and it helps drive up prices. Hoarding garlic and green beans has also helped push up their prices because the products can be stored for longer periods of time, said Sui Pengfei, inspector of the ministry’s market information division. But the hoarding will not spread to other farm products and cause higher inflation, because we have a supervision system for major farm products like beans, pork and sugar. Earlier this week, the National Development and Reform .mission (NDRC), the country’s top economic planner, pledged to crack down the hoarding of farm products and curb rising food prices. It is the third time that the .mission has addressed the importance of checking rising the past two weeks. Temporary intervention to stabilize prices is necessary and any one found to be involved in serious price manipulation may face criminal punishment, NDRC regulators said. China’s inflation rate, or the consumer price index, jumped 2.8 percent in April, mainly fueled by the prices of farm products. The country’s inflation target for this year is 3 percent. The NDRC and the Ministry of Agriculture said an improved system will be set up for supervising prices to keep tabs on any price fluctuations. Land for vegetable cultivation hit about 8 million hectares with a year-on-year increase of 6.7 percent, latest statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture showed. Copyright (c) 2010 Steven Jiang About the Author: 相关的主题文章: