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Council ups produce supply to satisfy seasonal demand

By Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

The Council of Agriculture yesterday said that to cope with a higher demand for agricultural produce before the Lunar New Year holiday, it has increased the supply of these products to make sure there is enough produce on the market.

The council said as the prices of agricultural products are often affected by increased demand at holidays, it implemented a supply adjustment mechanism last month. That resulted in an increase in deliveries of fish, meat, vegetables and flowers to wholesale markets from Tuesday until Lunar New Year’s Eve on Saturday.

Stocks of products such as rice, vegetables and sundry goods are sufficient at the moment, the council said, adding that the average daily amount of fresh fruit and vegetables provided to Taipei wholesale markets from Sunday to Tuesday were 937 tonnes and 2,300 tonnes respectively — an increase of 50 percent and 40 percent respectively, compared with regular market days.

As for fresh flowers that are often purchased before the holiday, the council said the supply of flowers to all wholesale markets has increased to twice the amount seen on regular days. The supply of flowers popular in Lunar New Year celebrations, such as chrysanthemums, roses, flaming lilies, gladioli, guzmanias and cattail willows, is also expected to be sufficient to fulfill demand.

The daily supply of red-feathered free-range chickens in the past week was about 350,000 birds, an increase of 20 percent, and the council said it was planning to release an additional 120,000 frozen free-range chickens onto markets this week.

It added that the daily supply of pork in the past week was about 33,000 pigs, an increase of 40 percent, and demand is expected to reach 37,000 pigs per day before the holiday.

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