China concerned at rising vegetable prices

China concerned at rising vegetable prices

China's Government has ordered local authorities to release reserve stocks amid concerns over rising vegetable prices in the country.

Officals at the Ministry of Agriculture also want local agricultural authorities to get tougher on vegetable price speculation and product hoarding, according to a report by the state-owned Xinhua news agency and re-published by the Ministry.

Data published by the Ministry of Agriculture covering the first nine months of 2012 shows vegetable prices up by between 10% and 16% versus the same period of 2011.

Historically low temperatures throughout December have caused prices to rise further, sparking concerns, said the report yesterday (8 January).

Until that point, fruit and sugar had experienced some of the strongest price rises in China in 2012, largely in the third quarter of the year.