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Farm Produce Prices Fall for Third Week

CHINA - Farm produce prices in China continued to fall for a third week, according to a report released by the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.

In the week ending 30 October, the wholesale prices of 18 staple vegetables dropped by an average of 2.2 per cent from the previous week, the report said.

Meanwhile, eight types of seafood products saw an average price decline of 1 per cent, and the prices of pork and eggs fell one per cent and 0.6 per cent week-on-week, respectively.

Pork prices have dropped 4.7 per cent since mid-September, the report said.

The price of chicken declined by just 0.1 per cent, while that of beef and mutton posted a 0.5 per cent increase during the week.

The prices of rice and flour both rose 0.2 per cent, and edible oil prices maintained stable from a week ago, according to the report.

The report attributed the continuous drop in farm produce prices to an increase in market supply, which was mostly due to seasonal factors and government-led improvements in the country's produce distribution system.

Food prices, which account for nearly one-third of the basket of goods that are used to calculate China's consumer price index (CPI), have been the main driver of inflation this year.

The index eased slightly to 6.1 per cent year-on-year in September from 6.2 per cent in August, but far above the government's full-year target of 4 per cent.

To keep inflation in check, the People's Bank of China has raised interest rates three times so far this year and hiked its reserve requirement ratio six times to drain excessive money out of the market.

China will continue to use strong measures to keep consumer prices stable and fighting inflation will remain the government's top priority this year, the State Council, or China's Cabinet, said on Saturday.

the Fish Site Editor

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