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Korea raises alarm for supply shortage in farm products


A consumer looks at livestock products at a large discount chain in Seoul on Thursday. (Yonhap)

A consumer looks at livestock products at a large discount chain in Seoul on Thursday. (Yonhap)

SEJONG — Economic policymakers are poised to take countermeasures against possible issues in the supply of agricultural and livestock products and further price climbs in the wake of the recent heavy rainfall.

At a vice-ministerial meeting in Seoul on Friday, First Vice Minister of Economy and Finance Bang Ki-sun pledged to take any necessary action, saying that “there are worries over a possible instability in the supply of agricultural and livestock products.”

He also said the government will soon make various support options available for households and farmers damaged by recent torrential rain in coordination with local governments.

Farming-related indices signaled further price climbs for a certain period.

According to an indicator held by the Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corp., wholesale price tags of major field crops showed hikes after the rainfall earlier this week.

Wholesale prices of radishes per 20 kilograms were 29,000 won ($22.3) on Friday, which marked a surge of 26.5 percent from 22,920 won a week earlier.

Over the corresponding period, prices of cabbages per 10 kilograms climbed by 4.6 percent to 20,360 won, and potatoes per 20 kilograms by 8.5 percent to 44,840 won.

These items are mostly cultivated in Gyeonggi, Gangwon and North Chungcheong, the provinces which have been hit hardest by the rainfall.

By Kim Yon-se (kys@heraldcorp.com)





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