Less than 24 hours after the announcement that it would set out to fix the prices of apples and bananas on the Tunisian market, the Ministry of Commerce backpedaled. The Ministry had to temporize and delay the execution of its decision for a few days at the request of the professionals. A decision that had been taken unilaterally and without consulting them.
The member of the Regional Trade Union Chamber of fruit and vegetable sales intermediaries at the wholesale market of Bir El Kassaâ, Ali Matmati confirmed that the apples will be sold with the new pricing imposed by the Ministry while the application of the new pricing for bananas will be postponed for a few days until the current stocks are liquidated.
The director general of competition and economic investigations within the Ministry of Commerce, Houssem Eddine Touiti, also indicated that theoretically the new pricing for apples comes into force from Thursday, March 9 2023, but will not be fully implemented.