Ministry of Agriculture launches car fleet offering subsidized goods
Minister of Agriculture Ayman Abu Hadid - YOUM7/Amr Moustafa

CAIRO: The Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reclamation allocated on Tuesday 10 new cars loaded with ministry subsidized products including vegetables, rice, pasta and legumes to cruise the Greater Cairo region as mobile stores, Youm7 reported.

The cars will tour the Cairo, Giza and Qalyubia governorates as part of a Ministry of Agriculture effort to ease burdens on low-income consumers, control costs, and prevent retailers from increasing the prices of the products, the ministry said.

The Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistic (CAPMS) noted in its last statistical bulletin a 0.7 percent increase in the monthly inflation rate in March due to an increase in the cost of basic goods including meat, vegetables, fish and legumes.

The bulletin noted a 2.8 percent increase in the price of meat and also fish, a 2.1 percent increase the cost of fruit, and a 1.8 percent increase in the cost of vegetables.

Representatives from the ministries of trade, agriculture and supply imposed last February a guide of prices for vegetables and fruit to control market prices, to ease the burden on the poor and prevent price monopolies, Youm7 reported.

The ministries also imposed sanctions for violators of the price guide.

Agriculture Minister Ayman Abu Hadid announced that the ministry is working to execute the car tour throughout the country, Youm7 reported.

Additional reporting by Ezz Al Noby.

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