HÀ NỘI — The domestic market is forecast to bear an oversupply of pork, cattle and poultry meats for the Tết festival in 2018, while it may lack vegetables in some places if the weather is cold and unusually frosty.
According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), the price of live hogs in the country has recently fluctuated between VNĐ28,000-34,000 per kilo.
However, Nguyễn Xuân Dương, deputy director of the MARD’s Department of Livestock Production, said the supply of pork this year is estimated to be plentiful enough to meet demand on the domestic market. Therefore, ahead of the Lunar New Year festival this year, there will not be a sudden increase in price of pork. Besides the plentiful supply, consumers will use high-quality pork products.
Other animal products, such as chicken, duck and other kinds of poultry, are also oversupplied. The market may lack eggs, however, due to high demand during Tết. Three years ago, there was a shortage of eggs due to strong demand, reported baotintuc.vn.
Meanwhile, Nguyễn Huy Cường, deputy director of the Department of Crop Production (MARD), said that if the weather is normal, the market will have plentiful green vegetables. However, if the northern mountainous area is hit by cold spells and frost, the market will lack vegetables in some parts of the country.
The weather is good for the development of fruit products, so there is expected to be enough supply on the domestic market for the Tết festival, Cường said.
According to the ministry, food prices are forecasted to increase slightly due to high demand during the Tết holiday, but the market will not see a big change because of the stability in the food supply. Domestic rice supply will completely meet the local demand during the Lunar New Year 2018, which will fall on February 14.
Sugar prices are stable despite increasing demand on sugar for producing confectionery and beverages products. There is enough salt for the local demand even though salt output decreased due to storms.
Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Đỗ Thắng Hải said the MARD should closely follow the market to properly regulate the supply and demand of agricultural commodities.
At present, the MARD and relevant offices, including the National Agro-Forestry-Fisheries Quality Assurance Department, have enhanced inspection and control of food quality, hygiene and safety as well as veterinary hygiene to ensure the supply and quality of farming products for domestic consumption and exports, especially during the upcoming Lunar New Year. — VNS