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Mobile market trucks run in 11 districts on 17 July, offers palm oil price at cheaper rate

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Consumers are seen in a queue to buy cooking oil at mobile market truck.

Sixteen mobile market trucks operated by 11 companies, in coordination with Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers’ Association, are back to business in 11 districts starting from 17 July in order to offer the palm oil at the subsidized rate to the consumers.
The mobile market scheme will cover the remaining townships in the upcoming days. The market prices will be changed according to the reference rates on the weekly basis.
Mobile market trucks offer palm oil at the cheaper rate of K4,750 per viss (a viss equals 1.6 kilogrammes) this week in Yangon Region.
Under the guidance of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (UMFCCI) and the Myanmar Rice Federation, the affiliated associations including Myanmar Rice Traders Association, Myanmar Edible Oil Dealers’ Association and rice exporters are offering staple food at fairer price with the mobile trucks in the respective townships in Yangon Region.
The reference wholesale price of palm oil in Yangon market for a week from 11 to 17 July is set at K4,650 per viss, according to the Supervisory Committee on edible oil import and distribution under the Ministry of Commerce.
The committee has been closely observing the FOB prices in Malaysia and Indonesia including transportation cost, tariff and banking service and issuing the wholesale market reference rate for edible oil on a weekly basis.
If those retailers and wholesalers are found overcharging, storing inventory intentionally and attempting unscrupulous action to manipulate the market, they will face legal action under the Special Goods Tax Law, MoC released a statement.
The Ministry of Commerce is striving for the consumers not to worry over the supply of edible oil. The ministry is also trying to secure edible oil sufficiency, supervise the market to offer the reasonable price to the consumers, maintain the price stability and prevent market manipulation.
The domestic consumption of edible oil is estimated at 1 million tonnes per year. The local cooking oil production is just about 400,000 tonnes. To meet the oil sufficiency in the domestic market, about 700,000 tonnes of cooking oil are yearly imported through Malaysia and Indonesia. — NN/GNLM

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