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Posted On: 3 November 2008 07:42 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:08 pm

No more monopoly at fruit and vegetable market

Khalifa Al Haroon
Khalifa Al Haroon
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Authorities have stopped the daily auctions in the Central Fruit and Vegetable Market (CFVM) to prevent monopoly there and allow importers to increase products on offer, a senior official has said. Ghanim Rashid Al Sahlawi, Director of the Consumer Protection Department at the Ministry of Business and Trade, said the lifting of ministerial decision N 7 of 1984 related to control over the prices was taken in order to encourage competition between suppliers of fruit and vegetable to the market. Last month, The Peninsula reported that the central market has done away with the daily auctions, and quoted traders as saying, "the lifting of government control over the prices has caused instability in the market." Al Sahlawi said the authorities also took a decision allowing importers to sell directly to consumers or retailers, adding the reactions received from consumers about the lifting were all welcoming the decision. "The consumer's opinions were collected either through our staff in the CFVM or through media." The Pen