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MANAMA: The Industry, Commerce and Tourism Ministry officials have inspected markets ahead of Ramadan in a bid to ensure there are adequate stocks of essentials and prices remain stable.

Under the spotlight of the inspectors visit to Manama Central Market were supplies of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish as demand for the products is expected to rise in the coming days.

The ministry co-ordinated its tour with the Capital Municipality and the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

This event was not just one-off as inspectors will make daily trips to Manama Central Market, for example, to ensure there remains a smooth flow of products and to report any violations, promised assistant under-secretary for control and resources Abdulaziz Al Ashraf.

The ministry held a meeting with senior chamber representatives, alongside Manama Central Market traders, in which preparations for Ramadan were discussed and outlined.

Sufficient quantities of commodities have also reportedly been imported to boost the amount of food stocks, the meeting heard, and Mr Al Ashraf was assured that product availability was not only sufficient for the holy month but for several months ahead.

Traders also pledged to spare no effort in maintaining the stability of prices.

Capital Municipality director general Mohammed Saad Al Sahli also said that the visit provided an opportunity to discuss the concerns, opinions and suggestions of traders.

He stressed efforts were being made to ease the movement of loaded trucks and provide them with the required parking spaces.

BCCI food resources committee chairman Khalid Ali Al Ameen reiterated that food products would be available in sufficient quantities during Ramadan and added that many shipments of imported fresh food products are on the way to further supply local markets.

Animal Resources Under-Secretary Dr Khalid Ahmed Hassan said more than 32,000 heads of live cattle have been imported especially for Ramadan. This is in addition to nearly 8,000 tonnes of chilled and frozen red meat and 4,000 tonnes of chilled and frozen poultry meat to cover market needs during the holy month, he said.




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