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Central region: Market centers for direct interaction of producers and consumers to be opened

Vigorous endeavors are underway towards creating conducive ground in which farmers and consumers could directly interact, and thereby stabilize the price of fruits and vegetables, stated Mr. Kinfe Habtom, head of rules and regulations branch in the Central region. Asmara, 14 January 2011 – Vigorous endeavors are underway towards creating conducive ground in which farmers and consumers could directly interact, and thereby stabilize the price of fruits and vegetables, stated Mr. Kinfe Habtom, head of rules and regulations branch in the Central region.

He told ERINA that farmers and the general public have not been benefiting due to the interference of businessmen who manage to purchase the products from the farmers at cheap price and eventually sell them to the general public at high price. As a result, consumers in general and the farming community in particular have been the prime victims of such practices, he added.

Mr. Kinfe further pointed out that  in order to tackle the problem, market centers would be set up in different corners of Asmara, besides the establishment of a committee in the region in which all government institutions take part. He explained that although the identified market centers are the existing ones, they, nonetheless, have not been effectively functioning. 

Mr. Kinfe went on to say that the opening of the market centers in Godaif, Gejeret and Edaga-Hamus that would prompt direct interaction of producers and consumers are expected to play major role in resolving the problem. Saturday and Wednesday have also been decided to be market days, he added.

Noting that the program is expected to be put into effect by the end of this month, he called on the general public to back up the move as it is essentially designed for the benefit of the people and the farmers. To this end, Mr. Kinfe stressed the need for all government institutions, especially administrative areas and sub-zones to work diligently in promoting public awareness regarding its significance.  

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