The Director of Market Regulation and Commercial Activities at the Ministry of Trade and Export Promotion, Ahmed Mokrani, affirmed the abundance of foodstuffs of wide consumption in “large” quantities that would prevent any fluctuations in market supplies during the upcoming month of Ramadan.
In an interview with the Algerian News Agency, Mr. Mokrani said that a joint ministerial committee is currently working to ensure the availability of all foodstuffs in sufficient quantities and at “reasonable” prices during the upcoming month of Ramadan.
The outcome of this committee’s activity shows the availability of “large” stocks of various major food products that will be sufficient until next June, thus enabling the market to be “easily” supplied during Ramadan.
Mr. Mokrani stressed that the currently available quantities of milk powder, durum wheat, soft wheat, raw sugar, potatoes, table oil, dry grains and other basic foodstuffs, are more than sufficient to cover the markets during the month of Ramadan.
As for meat, the Algerian company for red meat “Alviar” is implementing a program to import 10,000 heads of cows destined for slaughter.
For its part, the National Office for Cattle Feeding “ONAP” is preparing a special program for the distribution of white meat in the month of Ramadan.
In parallel, special markets will be established at the level of each administrative department for discount and promotional sales in order to allow citizens to purchase their needs at reasonable prices throughout the holy month of Ramadan.
These markets will be opened 15 days before the start of Ramadan and last until the week following Eid Al-Fitr.
Mr. Mokrani stated that, in preparation for the Ramadan market programming, the Minister of Trade and Export Promotion wrote to the Minister of Interior and Local Communities, with the intent of instructing mayors to engage in this endeavor and allocate spaces for these Ramadan markets.
To ensure that prices do not rise and limit speculation, the Ministry of Trade intends to recruit more than 8,000 agents at the national level to carry out monitoring operations during the holy month of Ramadan, day and night, according to the official, who confirmed that holidays for all agents will be “exceptionally” frozen to ensure their field presence on this occasion.
The monitoring agents will be endowed with all the necessary means to ensure that they perform their duties to the fullest extent, especially with regard to the conformity of the products displayed in the market.