Veggies, eggs in short supply at HCM City

Produce section: Customers shopping at a supermarket in HCM City. The city needs support from the central provinces to restock markets. — Vietnam News/ANN

VEGETABLES and eggs are in short supply in HCM City due to disruptions in supply chains caused by Covid-19.

The city needs support from provinces in the eastern and Central Highlands to mitigate this, the city’s Department of Industry and Trade (DoIT) has advised.

Nguyen Nguyen Phuong, the department’s deputy director, said the rising number of Covid-19 cases has caused many localities in the Cuu Long (Mekong) Delta to adopt social distancing measures.

As a result, people there are buying and stocking up on groceries and eggs, making it difficult for HCM City suppliers to buy goods.

A number of places in the delta have ordered social distancing under Directive 16.

When the entire region applies it, Phuong warned, it will be even more difficult to source and transport goods from the region.

In recent days, people have been buying large quantities of chicken eggs at supermarkets and reselling them at higher prices, he said.

Some supermarkets in the city have set limits of two trays of eggs per person.

The DoIT wants the city government to provide businesses with funds to stockpile goods in order to stabilise supply and subsequently prices.

Before Directive 16 the city consumed about 7,000 tonnes of vegetables, fruits and meat, but supply decreased by half after the city’s three wholesale markets closed.

The department has instructed supermarkets to increase their supply, but there is still a shortage of around 1,000 tonnes.

It has set up mobile selling points to bridge the gap and reopened some markets to sell vegetables, including Phu Tho Market which reopened on Friday with six traders. — Vietnam News/ANN

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