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Premier vows to maintain stable produce prices ahead of festival

Taipei, Jan. 15 (CNA) Premier Liu Chao-shiuan directed the Council of Agriculture (COA) Thursday to step up monitoring of the farm produce supply and demand situation to ensure prices remain stable ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday that begins on Jan. 25.
Liu made the remarks at a weekly Cabinet meeting after listening to a briefing by COA Minister Chen Wu-hsiung on the farm produce market situation ahead of the Lunar New Year festival, the most important festival in Taiwan.
So far, prices for fruits, vegetables and meat have remained stable, according to Chen. As demand tends to rise ahead of the festival, Chen said, the COA will activate a mechanism at an appropriate time to maintain prices at reasonable levels and ensure that the best interests of farmers and consumers are met.
Liu said relevant government agencies should also closely monitor consumer price fluctuations and cooperate with the COA to avoid drastic price fluctuations before and during the Lunar New Year holiday.
With the festival just 10 days away, Liu also directed the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) to enforce laws strictly in order to maintain good public order during the traditional New Year holiday.
The National Police Agency under the MOI has come up with a "spring security" campaign to be carried out from Jan. 16 through Feb. 9, an MOI official said, adding that "good social order, smooth traffic and attentive service" will be the top priority for this year's campaign.
During the 25-day period, the official said, law enforcement officers will speed up crime investigations and prevention, maintain efficient public transport and improve public service in order to ensure local citizens a safe and happy New Year festival.
They will also see to it that the unprecedented shopping vouchers which the government plans to issue beginning Jan. 18 will be distributed to Taiwan's citizens in an efficient manner. The vouchers are aimed at boosting domestic spending and reinvigorate the sluggish economy.
(By Sofia Wu)

Updated : 2021-05-10 05:55 GMT+08:00