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HCM City shops top up for Tet

Update: January, 21/2012 - 08:32


Consumers buy frozen meat at a Co-op Mart in HCM City. Despite Government guarantees to the contrary, the price of popular goods in the southern city has risen in the run-up to Tet. —VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
HCM CITY — Goods for Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday are in abundant supply at local shops, satisfying the diverse demand of consumers in HCM City, according to the deputy chairwoman of the city People's Committee Nguyen Thi Hong.

Hong and HCM City Party committee secretary Le Thanh Hai also met with Vissan Limited Company, which is active in the processing and trading of fresh and frozen meat and meat related foods.

Also at the meeting, Van Duc Muoi, general director of Vissan, reported that the company had completed its preparation of goods for Tet, including 6,000 tonnes of pork and beef.

In addition, the volume of processed foods, including Chinese sausage, pork pies, sausage and canned food had increased by 15-20 per cent compared to the last Tet.

He said his company could meet festival demand since they had stocked enough inventory.

Today and tomorrow (two days before Tet), it would co-operate with Co.opMart, Vinatextmart and Maximart supermarkets to cut by VND10,000 every kilo of fresh pork to help the poor.

Hai praised efforts made by Vissan to serve city residents, saying that prices had remained stable despite having a surge in demand. However, he asked the company to ensure food hygiene and safety.

The volume of vegetables, fruit, poultry and animal meats transported to wholesale markets has risen dramatically in recent days but prices are stable.

At supermarkets and shops that signed up for the city's price-stabilisation programme, prices are stable or just marginally higher, with several supermarkets offering attractive promotions to stimulate buying.

But the prices of many items have risen in traditional markets in major cities in the run-up to Tet.

At Ben Thanh, An Dong and Vuon Chuoi markets in HCM City, prices of pork, chicken, duck and traditional jams have all gone up by VND2,000-10,000 per kilo.

Chicken and duck prices, for instance, rose by VND5,000-10,000 per kilo compared to last week, to around VND120,000-160,000 a kilo of free-range chicken and VND65,000-80,000 a kilo of duck.

Prices of dried shrimp, cuttlefish and fish also increased by VND20,000-50,000 per kilo depending on kinds and market.

Tran Thanh Thuy, who distributes processed food in Mai Dong Market, said the price of many items went up by VND10,000-20,000 compared to normal days.

Chicken prices increased from VND100,000 to VND120,000 per kilo, and beef prices rose from VND220,000 to 250,000 per kilo.

The prices of some kinds of fruits, including Buddha's hand fruit (a lemon-like citrus fruit with no pulp), green banana and pomelo used to display on the traditional "five-fruit tray" have skyrocketed.

Currently, a Buddha's hand fruit is priced at VND40,000-80,000 depending on its size, a normal pomelo at VND30,000-60,000 and a green skin pink-flesh pomelo at VND70,000-100,000. —VNS

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