Hanoi needs to closely coordinate
with neighbouring provinces to ensure goods supply, stable prices and diverse
goods for the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday in both the capital city and nearby
areas, said an official of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
At a meeting on Tet goods supply and demand on
January 8, Deputy Minister Do Thang Hai said Hanoi should also step up
examining goods origin and quality.
The municipal Department of Industry and Trade
said the total value of goods prepared for Tet, which falls in mid-February
this year, in Hanoi is estimated at 26 trillion VND (1.14 billion USD), up 10
percent from the plan for Tet in 2017.
The city has prepared about 193,600 tonnes of
rice, 50,000 tonnes of pork, 14,000 tonnes of chicken, 13,800 tonnes of beef,
and 200 million poultry eggs to serve local consumers during the biggest
Deputy Director of the municipal department Tran
Thi Phuong Lan said from now to the Tet holiday, favourable conditions will be
created for businesses to sell Tet goods at spring fairs and open promotion
programmes. About 150 trips will be organised for companies to sell Tet goods
in rural areas and industrial and export processing zones.
Meanwhile, more stores offering goods at stable
prices will be opened to serve rising demand ahead of the holiday.
She added her department will also work with the
departments of agriculture, health and public security to enhance inspecting
food safety at food production and trading establishments.
General Director of the Hanoi Trade Corporation
(Hapro) Vu Thanh Son said his firm has prepared over 1 trillion VND (43.9
million USD) worth of goods for Tet. Its stores will remain open until the
Lunar New Year’s Eve, and some around Hoan Kiem Lake will be ready to serve
consumers throughout the holiday.-VNA