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City gears up vegetable supply to bring down prices

SHANGHAI officials said today that they have taken measures to control rising prices of green vegetables while local farmers have geared up vegetable production to ensure sufficient supply during the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival.

The wholesale price of newly harvested vegetables averaged 7 yuan (US$1.1) per kilogram today, a hike of more than 50 percent from two weeks ago.

To lower the prices, local farmers have planted more fast-growing vegetables to ensure a stable supply during the festival which falls on September 12 this year. The traditional Chinese holiday is a time for family reunion.

The officials said local vegetable wholesale markets are also ordering vegetables from other provinces to ease the holiday demand.

The Jiangqiao Vegetable Wholesale Market on Cao'an Road, Putuo District recently waived entry fees normally charged on vegetable suppliers from the provinces. The new police increased its trade volume to 6,600 tons a day, 2,000 tons more than in the same period of last year.

The officials said there are 4,133 hectares of vegetable fields in the city's suburbs. About 2,866 hectares are planted with green-leaf vegetables with a daily yield of 3,500 tons.


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