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Local market well-stocked for Ramadan — minister

By JT - Jun 06,2016 - Last updated at Jun 06,2016

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Jawad Anani chairs a meeting with private sector representatives on Monday (Petra photo)

AMMAN — The local market is well-stocked with all commodities to meet consumer demand in the holy month of Ramadan, the government confirmed on Monday.

Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs and Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply Jawad Anani said large quantities of household supplies were available, speaking at a ministerial meeting attended by public and private sector representatives on the first day of Ramadan, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra. 

Anani also highlighted the market’s stability, in terms of prices, pointing out that the ministry has intensified its monitoring efforts, which will continue throughout the month. 

He stressed the importance of the government’s partnership with the private sector to meet citizens’ needs. 

The ministry has recently stopped the export of some food items that are in high demand during Ramadan, he added.  

Ramadan, a holy month for Muslims, sees lots of festivities and banquets and sometimes extravagant hospitality at the end of the daytime fast, after sunset.

 Households often prepare ahead of the month to meet extra expenses, and middle- and low-income families struggle to make ends meet during the month. 

Food costs have risen in Jordan, and prices usually go up in Ramadan due to increased demand, pinching the pockets of consumers.

Anani urged citizens not to rush to buy produce in bulk, but to purchase only what they need, reiterating that all commodities are available at the market at all times.

 

 To report any market-related violations or complaints, he urged the public to call 06/5661176. 

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