The Kuwaiti Ministry of Commerce and Industry has intervened and set up barriers to limit purchase as the vegetable and fruit market witnessed great chaos and overcrowding due to lack of stock caused by delayed imports.
Suppliers revealed that onions are imported from Egypt and India, but due to the current conditions and the rise in prices internationally, importation of the quantities needed by Kuwait was delayed. They noted “there’s a ship load of onion that will arrive in Kuwait from India Sunday, which will contribute to maintaining prices”.
The suppliers commended the efforts of Ministry of Commerce and Industry in maintaining the stockpile by limiting rush of companies, restaurants and cooperative societies to buy onions, adding cooperative societies need 1,000 bags and restaurants also need 500 bags.
These high prices will continue if the arrival of imported quantities from abroad is delayed. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has since set up barriers to limit the large quantities purchased, as the societies have been restricted to 150 bags, while 50 bags have been set for restaurants.
Zawya.com reported on a statement of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, confirming that it’s inspectors dealt with the case of a group of workers scrambling in Al-Farda Market around a “onion” container by taking the necessary action.