China monitors fresh food supply ahead of Spring Festival

Chinese officials will keep a sharp watch on market conditions and take active measures to ensure adequate fresh produce supplies as the peak consumption period of the Lunar New Year holiday is nearing.

According to Yuan Da, director of the NDRC’s department of policy studies, the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s top economic planning agency, will oversee production scheduling, logistics transportation, and end sales to guarantee the smooth delivery of daily food necessities.

Heavy rainfall that led to severe flooding in the agricultural heartlands in the south, followed by three cold snaps in the second half of last year, have affected the winter supply of fresh greens and driven up prices.

Beijing must ensure that the prices of cabbage, radish, potato, and other commonly consumed vegetables remain stable and guarantee adequate supply, Wu Xiangyang, deputy head of the Beijing Commerce Bureau, said on Sunday.


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