(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Ministry of Economy has managed to obtain discounts from retail outlets and cooperative societies worth more than Dh150 million for commodities and food items which are favoured during Ramadan in the country.
The discounts are for certain strategic products, vegetables, fruits, and meat and fish, said Dr Hashim Al Nuaimi, Director of the Consumer Protection Department at the ministry.
Dr Al Nuaimi made the remarks during a tour of the Fujairah markets on Wednesday. He said the retail outlets had offered price discounts amounting to Dh80 million and the cooperative societies Dh70 million.
"The ministry is working at present on increasing the import of some products whose current prices are high such as tomatoes from new destinations such as India. The Jordanian tomatoes now available in local markets are costly with 1kg sold at Dh7, which adds to the burden of the consumer," he said, noting that the coming days would see a decline in the prices of many products, especially tomatoes.
The owners of 20 shops who hiked the prices of ready-made clothes were given a verbal warning that if they repeated the offence, they would be immediately fined, and the recurrence of the violation might result in the closure of their shops for certain periods of time, Dr Al Nuaimi said.
More than one Ramadan basket had been put out for sale in all main sale outlets in the emirate, with prices ranging from Dh100 to Dh150, and the choice of the items in the basket had been left to the consumer, he said. Over 200 such baskets were being sold at a discount of more than 40 per cent across the emirate.
"The prices of products in Fujairah this time are, to some extent, moderate, and there is coordination between the Ministry of Economy office, notably the Consumer Protection Section, and the Fujairah Municipality for monitoring the prices and ensuring that there are no violations," he said.
He called on all consumers to cooperate with the offices of the ministry countrywide by lodging complaints in case of noticing any price hikes or other violations.
Dr Al Nuaimi toured fruits and vegetable stalls, butcheries and fish markets in the presence of Juma Ali Juma Al Dhanhani, Director of the ministry's office in Fujairah, and a number of officials from the ministry and Fujairah Municipality.