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FAS: vegetable prices in the Far Eastern Federal District returned to the previous level
The Federal Antimonopoly Service announced the stabilization of prices for certain types of socially significant food products in the regions of the Far East. According to the department, there are no overstatements in stores and wholesale stores.
According to the FAS press service, it was possible to stabilize the price situation by increasing deliveries from other regions of Russia, as well as from other countries. Now there is no shortage of fruits and vegetables in the Far Eastern Federal District, as well as interruptions in their delivery.
In the Magadan region and the Kamchatka Territory, prices have reached the previous level. In the Jewish Autonomy, Buryatia, Primorsky and Trans-Baikal Territories, prices are reduced for certain types of vegetable products. At the same time, vegetables were delivered to the JAO, prices for which are lower than for Chinese. In Buryatia, the retail price of fresh cucumbers and tomatoes fell from 8% to 13%, in Kolyma cucumbers fell by 10-19%, garlic by 14%, cabbage by 13%, and potato by 9%.
The FAS says that the dynamics of changes in retail prices in stores is different, which indicates the absence of price collusion between market participants. The agency did not find violations of antitrust laws in the actions of retail chains, as well as wholesale suppliers of food products. The residents of the Far Eastern Federal District have stopped complaining about excessive prices.
Meanwhile, from March 23, the FAS will intensify its work to identify unjustified increases in prices for socially significant products and goods in all regions of Russia. Special attention will be paid to bakery products, cereals, meat, eggs, butter, vegetables and fruits. Measures will be introduced due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to the epidemic of coronavirus and the closure of the Russian-Chinese border in several regions of the Far East, they seriously increased at the beginning of the year vegetable prices. Against such a sharp rise in price, the presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, Yuri Trutnev, urged regional governors to think about food security, and the Ministry of Agriculture offered to help with construction of vegetable stores.