Mr. Bui Ta Hoang Vu, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Industry and Trade, said so at the meeting with the Special Working Group of the Ministry of Industry and Trade on the afternoon of July 21.
According to Mr. Vu, before the 4th outbreak, every day 3 wholesale markets of Thu Duc, Binh Dien and Hoc Mon received about 7,000 – 9,000 tons of vegetables, fruits, livestock and poultry meat. This amount of goods is not sold out in Ho Chi Minh City but distributed to many other provinces and cities in the East and Southwest regions. Due to the complicated epidemic situation, many cases of Covid-19 infection appeared at 3 wholesale markets, the city was forced to close all 3 markets in turn.
During the closure of the wholesale market, the supply of goods to the people of the city mainly depends on the modern distribution systems and partly on the traditional channel by the wholesalers of the wholesale market who buy and sell via electricity. phone, zalo, organization to receive – deliver goods through branches, barns and transit points.
Up to the present time, through many distribution forms such as direct sales at supermarkets, stores, online sales websites, postal systems, logistics enterprises, specialized store chains, etc. In the form of mobile sales, shopping for groceries, pre-ordering… the pressure to supply goods to Ho Chi Minh City has gradually been relieved.
“Currently, the quantity of goods is relatively stable, but the prices of some items are still high. The units participating in stabilizing the food and food products market are having to suffer and suffer losses to keep prices. For example, eggs. Chicken is selling at a stable price at Saigon Co.op system for only 29,000 VND/dozen, but the purchase price of stable businesses has reached 31,000 VND/dozen”, Mr. Vu reflected and proposed to the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. Rural development connects with suppliers, helping businesses access sources of goods at stable prices to stabilize market prices in Ho Chi Minh City.
In fact, fluctuations in the price of eggs, which have had a period of scarcity and sudden price increases in recent years, have put businesses under pressure in stabilizing the market for this item. Pham Thi Huan (Ba Huan), Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ba Huan Joint Stock Company, said that every day the company sells about 1 million eggs to the market in Ho Chi Minh City, of which about 50% comes from purchases from farms outside. out.
The price of poultry eggs on the market has cooled down but is still quite high, businesses that stabilize the price of this item are continuing to suffer losses to contribute to bringing the price down.
“Egg prices have skyrocketed because the price of animal feed has increased by 20%-30% since the beginning of the year, transportation costs have also increased due to Covid-19, market demand has increased, so the farms raised the price to VND 30,000 – 31,000. VND/dozen, the company also has to buy to ensure enough output for the city market,” said Ms. Ba Huan. Ba Huan Company has cut almost 100% of the supply to bakeries, stopped delivering goods to the province to focus on stabilizing the Ho Chi Minh City market.
“A few days ago, the market situation stabilized again, the Department of Industry and Trade asked me if I needed to propose to adjust the price of chicken eggs to stabilize the market to a reasonable level, I considered and voluntarily kept the price for a few more days. Let the market be really good and then ask for an adjustment,” said Ms. Ba Huan.
Enterprises added that, due to the high price of input materials and product output on the market, from the beginning of June, stabilizing enterprises proposed the city to adjust the selling price of poultry eggs to stabilize the market. market to a reasonable price. However, during the review process, due to complicated epidemic developments, increased consumer demand, and increased egg prices in the market, this proposal was temporarily shelved.
At the meeting, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Do Thang Hai informed that the Ministry of Industry and Trade had worked with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and localities and businesses to agree on a plan to support the supply of goods for the Ho Chi Minh City market in the coming months. The implementation time of Directive 16. The Deputy Minister said that the development of the Covid-19 epidemic could happen very quickly, so the Department of Industry and Trade must have a scenario to deal with a worse situation than the current one, even need to measure the worst case scenario to develop appropriate scenarios and have timely response solutions.