Opening the flow of goods through the traditional channel

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On July 21, the total amount of goods supplied to the Ho Chi Minh City market increased by about 5%. The number of customers shopping at markets, supermarkets, and shops has been at a record low in the past half-month, so there is no longer a situation of out of stock, lack of fresh food, including poultry eggs.

Clearing the way of transportation

Mr. Nguyen Ba Tung – Head of Binh Thoi Market Management Board (District 11) – said that the food supply at the market is gradually stabilizing, the types of goods are starting to diversify, the price of some items decreased slightly compared to the previous days.

Due to more comfortable shopping conditions (no more queuing, limited shopping time), consumers began to pay attention to the price of goods, giving priority to buying products that are on promotion or discount. Most supermarket systems still maintain promotions, which focus on fresh foods and dry foods to support consumers during this difficult period.

“If 3-4 days ago, purchasing power spiked, on average, Ho Chi Minh City lacked about 1,000-1,500 tons of vegetables and fruits and 300,000-400.000 eggs every day, but in the past 2 days, just businesses (DN) If you bring to the market an additional 100,000 eggs per day, then flush the market right away,” said the director of a large poultry egg supplier in Ho Chi Minh City.

According to him, on average, Ho Chi Minh City needs 3 million eggs per day, but during the peak season last week, every customer collected 2-3 times the demand, leading to a serious shortage. But now, the market is quite quiet, the purchasing power is only high for the group of customers who are charity kitchens, kitchens serving concentrated isolation areas, places under blockade.

Not only has the supply and demand of goods been temporarily stabilized, most of the bottlenecks in transporting goods from provinces and cities to Ho Chi Minh City have also been removed. “For the first time in many days, today my phone did not have any calls or messages from businesses reporting that the truck was blocked or made difficult” – Mr. Nguyen Nguyen Phuong, Deputy Director of the Department of Industry and Trade said.

People in Ho Chi Minh City buy fresh food at Hanh Thong Tay market, Go Vap district. Photo: THANH LONG

Reopening the traditional market

A positive development that many people in Ho Chi Minh City are particularly interested in in the past few days is the reopening of some traditional markets. A total of 9 markets in districts 5, 10, 11, Binh Tan and Binh Chanh districts have reopened for small traders of vegetables, fruits, meat, fish, dry food, etc., to sell goods in safe conditions.

In some localities such as District 12, Cu Chi district, while there are not enough conditions to restore traditional market operations, local authorities have arranged alternative locations to provide essential food for people.

However, due to the complicated development of the Covid-19 epidemic, many places were forced to close some more markets related to the F0 case. By the morning of July 21, the whole city had 203 traditional markets and 3 wholesale markets closed, only 32 markets remained in operation.

In order to quickly reopen the market system, on the same day, the Department of Industry and Trade sent a document to localities and traditional market management boards, detailing how to organize safe market activities for supply staple food for the people.

“Depending on actual conditions, districts and Thu Duc city can reopen the market or take advantage of suitable locations to organize small traders to sell. Opening up the traditional sales channel now, in addition to burden-sharing for the modern system is also a backup for future situations, when the modern distribution system has problems due to many Covid-19 infections in the warehouse, and the point of sale is forced to close. The traditional distribution channel with the participation of traders, diversified sources of goods, if operating smoothly again, will significantly reduce the risk to the market,” said a representative of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade.

Currently, the City People’s Committee has set a deadline for the People’s Committees of districts and Thu Duc City to have a plan to reopen markets or places selling fresh food in the area before July 23. Localities are reviewing, evaluating and implementing plans to reopen markets or suitable replacement locations. In the near future, people in the city will have more familiar food shopping points, close to home.

At the actual inspection of some markets on the morning of July 21 in Ho Chi Minh City, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai also suggested that the city continue to study and bring more traditional markets, especially wholesale markets, activities to reduce pressure on the markets that are in operation, as well as to create conditions for people to better access goods.

Deputy Minister Do Thang Hai highly appreciated the authorities of Ho Chi Minh City at all levels, the City Department of Industry and Trade, especially the market management boards, in the context of complicated developments of the Covid-19 epidemic, still ensuring a number of traditional markets to operate. effective.

“Normally, wholesale markets and traditional markets provide 70% of the city’s food supply. The closure of markets puts supply pressure on the modern system, affecting not only the city but also other regions” – Mr. Do Thang Hai acknowledged.

Strictly handle acts of speculation, hoarding and raising prices

According to Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai, the Ministry of Industry and Trade has worked with the authorities of Ho Chi Minh City, especially the Department of Industry and Trade, to increase supply as well as ensure the most reasonable prices for people. The Ministry of Industry and Trade is actively coordinating with the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and local authorities, especially the 19 provinces and cities that are implementing Directive 16. The best and earliest thing for convenient transportation of goods, ensuring sufficient supply of essential goods for the people.

The Deputy Minister said that the current situation is not normal, so there is a phenomenon of local shortages of goods, increasing prices. It is unacceptable to take advantage of the epidemic situation to speculate and hoard, to benefit from the common difficulties and difficulties of the people. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has directed the market management to be more drastic, strictly handling the acts of speculation, hoarding, and unreasonable price raising.

Thanh Nhan

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