HA NOI (VNS)– Viet Nam is preparing goods worth VND180 trillion (US$8.572 billion) to supply the market during the Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday, said Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang on the programme "Dialogue with the People", broadcast by Viet Nam Television on Sunday.
|A Lang Son-based retailer prepares goods for the Tet holidays. — VNA/VNS Photo Dinh Hue
The minister predicted that consumption of necessary goods would increase by 20 per cent compared to normal months and 10-15 per cent compared to last Tet, but he remained confident that the supply would meet demand.
There might be a possible shortage of pork when Tet came near, he said, but the Government, together with the agriculture ministry had provided support to farmers and slaughterhouses to prevent such a situation.
More than 25 provinces and cities throughout the country had provided VND1.285 billion ($61.2 million) in support to enterprises to produce and reserve goods and implement the price stabilisation programme, he added.
Replying to a query on the battle against smuggling, Hoang said that the Government had taken drastic measures to prevent the illegal flow of low-quality goods into the country throughout 2012.
But Hoang also stressed that the ministry alone could not fulfill these tasks.
Border guards and the customs and market watch departments, he said, all have important roles to play in preventing smuggling and related crimes. — VNS