Beijing's largest vegetable wholesale market, which was temporarily shut down due to a COVID-19 epidemic resurgence in the first half-year, is expected to fully resume its supply capacity before the upcoming National Day holiday at the beginning of October.
On Sunday, the vegetable wholesale area in Xinfadi reopened, marking the full resumption of business at the market in the wake of the closure. Covering an area of 42.7 hectares, the renewed market offered more than 40 varieties of vegetables such as corn, beans and Chinese cabbage.
The market provided about 70 percent of Beijing's vegetables, 10 percent of its pork and 3 percent of its beef and mutton before being shut down on June 13. Starting on June 11, Beijing reported 335 confirmed COVID-19 cases linked to a cluster from the Xinfadi wholesale market.
The market partially reopened on Aug. 15, after Beijing cleared the local transmission of the epidemic. On Saturday, the market's vegetable and fruit transaction volume reached 23,000 tonnes.
Xinhuanet.com quoted Gu Zhaoxue, executive deputy general manager of Xinfadi, as saying that the management team will explore more channels to ensure fresh fruits and vegetables from the market directly reach stores in communities so as to meet the needs of citizens in the national capital.