HCM CITY — The HCM City Department of Industry and Trade decided to add medicines, some milk products, and education-related items to this year's price stabilisation programme at a meeting on Thursday.
The programme will last from April 1 to March 31 next year.
Baby formula, milk for pregnant women, fortified milk products, notebooks, school bags and uniforms, and 13 groups of locally-manufactured drugs used to treat some common and chronic diseases join the list which already has nine essential items – rice, sugar, cooking oil, meat, poultry, eggs, processed foods, vegetables and fruits, and aquatic produce.
Besides, fragrant rice and jasmine rice have been added to the rice items in this year's programme.
Le Ngoc Dao, deputy director of the department, said the volume of goods sold under the programme would account for 25 to 50 per cent of their total supply in the market, a 15-30 per cent increase from last year.
Every month 5,650 tonnes of rice, 2,470 tonnes of sugar, 1,005 tonnes of cooking oil, 3,950 tonnes of pork, 3,150 tonnes of poultry meat, 1,315 tonnes of processed food, 1,700 tonnes of vegetables and fruits, 437 tonnes of seafood, and 24 million eggs will be supplied.
During Tet (the Lunar New Year) in early 2013, the supply of goods will increase by 10-15 per cent from a year earlier.
At the meeting, 48 more enterprises signed up for the programme to sell the four new categories of goods added to this year's list.
Some drug and dairy firms have even declined the interest-free loans offered by the city under the programme.
Despite the increase in the number of participants, the loan amount has dropped to VND332 billion (US$16 million), VND104 billion lower than last year.
Goods sold under the programme must comply with quality, safety and hygiene standards and help foster the "Vietnamese consuming Vietnamese goods" programme. — VNS