DTI closely monitors demand for agricultural products

DTI closely monitors demand for agricultural products

By Liezelle Soriano

MANILA — Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual said on Saturday that the agency wants to make a database to closely monitor the demand for agricultural products.

Pascual and Senator Mark Villar have visited some supermarkets in the Metro to check whether the suggested retail price (SRP) was being followed.

“Ilan ba talagang toneladang sibuyas ang naha-harvest natin? At ilan ang demand total? Ilan ang shortage na kailangang ma-meet at kung sakali ng import? So kailangan gagawing digitalized system ‘yan,” Pascual said.

“Kung may buffer stock na kontrolado ng gobyerno, ang tingin ko, ‘yung mga traders, hindi magkakalakas loob na mag-hoard at mag-manipulate ng price,” the official added.

Wholesalers would be the next to be inspected, Villar said.

“Ang next naming bibisitahin namin ay ang mga wholesalers para ma-trace namin kung saan nagkakaroon ng malaking pagtaas ng presyo,” Villar said.

“Ang babantayan natin ‘yung mga nasa lower price ranges kasi ‘yon ang mga binibili ng mga karaniwang mamimili. Pag-aaralan naman namin kung kayang ma-absorb ‘yung presyo,” Pascual said.

(ai/mtvn)

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