Government and Policy

China to increase grain supplies to combat inflation

Updated: 2010-11-19 23:00
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BEIJING - The Chinese government will increase grain supplies to meet people's needs and stabilize market prices, the nation's grain authorities said Friday.

The government will also sell a set amount of cooking vegetable oil and soybeans from its reserves beginning next week, in addition to the weekly policy-oriented sales of wheat, rice and corn that has already begun, the State Administration of Grain said in a statement posted on its website Friday.

The authority will also send groups of staff to major grain production regions to inspect and guide purchases of autumn grain and regulate business practices, according to the statement.

The move was in line with the government's efforts to protect farmers' interests and maintain moderate prices in the grain market, the statement said.

China's State Council, or the Cabinet, said Wednesday that it would impose temporary price controls on important daily necessities and production materials when necessary, and urged local authorities to offer temporary subsidies to needy families.

It also ordered efforts be implemented to ensure market supplies and strengthen market supervision.

These steps were introduced after China's consumer price index (CPI), a major gauge of inflation, rose to a 25-month high of 4.4 percent in October. The increase was mainly pushed up by the 10.1 percent surge in food prices, which accounts for one-third of the basket of goods used to calculate the country's CPI.