The Council of Agriculture announced today the inventory of material prices and supply in the two weeks before the Spring Festival.

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[Reporter Yang Yuanting/Taipei Report] The Lunar New Year is coming soon. The Council of Agriculture announced today (10th) the inventory of agricultural, fishery and livestock materials and prices. Affected by the weather and rising raw materials, the prices of vegetables and livestock products are higher than last year. 10% to 40%; fruits are similar to previous years; aquatic products are about 10% cheaper than previous years, and flowers are 20% cheaper than previous years; Chen Jizhong, chairman of the Council of Agriculture, said that farmers are affected by climate and cost factors, so prices In order to reduce the burden on consumers, during the period of high prices, a parity zone will be set up in the sales channel, and it will be announced this week.

Affected by inflation and the rising cost of raw materials, among the agricultural, fishery and livestock products for the Lunar New Year this year, vegetables and livestock products have all risen compared with the same period in previous years. The prices of aquatic products, flowers, and fruits are similar to previous years, and even flowers are more expensive than last year. 20% cheaper.

Chen Jizhong said that at present, he will first ensure sufficient supply. He also said that price fluctuations are mainly due to farmers being affected by weather factors and rising costs. However, farmers are still working hard to produce supplies, but for certain products that consumers will feel burdened Items, under the instructions of President Tsai Ing-wen and Dean Su Zhenchang, the Council of Agriculture and the Ministry of Economic Affairs will cooperate to establish a parity zone, and during the period when prices continue to rise, the parity zone will continue to be set up, and the 60 yuan will also be expanded Happiness Lunch Box and Food Nuan Nuan Bao, etc.

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With regard to the egg issue of concern to the outside world, statistics from the Council of Agriculture indicate that the number of egg cartons supplied in the first two weeks of the Spring Festival in 2023 will total 1.68 million cartons (200 eggs per carton), an increase from the 1.55 million cartons of egg cartons in the first two weeks of 2023. 8%. Affected by the sharp increase in feed raw material Huang Xiaoyu, the current wholesale price of eggs is 67.5 yuan per kilogram, an increase of about 10% from last year's 55.6 yuan.

Chen Jizhong said that during the Spring Festival, the supply of eggs is abundant, and the dispatch to processors will also be strengthened. The Agriculture Committee can dispatch more than 30,000 boxes of eggs (200 eggs per box). The number of weeks that can be supplied is 4.99 million, white-meat chickens are 9.9 million, and pork is 340,000, which is enough to meet the needs of the public.

Lin Congxian, chairman of the Central Animal Industry Association, said that the cost of feed prices rose by about 40% last year. However, if you look at the increase in the overall price of livestock products, you can know that farmers are only making basic profits. He also said that various international animal diseases such as African swine fever and bird flu Due to the pandemic, in order to avoid doubts, it is recommended that Chinese people buy domestic products as much as possible.

In addition, for aquatic products, according to statistics from the Council of Agriculture, the average auction price of aquatic products in the two weeks before the Spring Festival is 115.5 yuan per kilogram, which is about 10% lower than the price of 130.5 yuan per kilogram during the pre-Spring Festival period; the wholesale price of winter vegetables this year is higher than before At present, it has gradually stabilized. The wholesale price of vegetables in Taipei has reached 35.2 yuan per kilogram today, which is about 40% higher than the 24.1 yuan in the same period last year.

Chen Jizhong, chairman of the Council of Agriculture.

(Photo by reporter Yang Yuanting)