Food security of Stavropol Territory and the republics of the NCFD
Business explains price increases due to bad harvest, but the governor calls these arguments groundless.
Food prices in Stavropol Territory were the main topic of the weekly working meeting of the authorities of the region, chaired by the governor, Valery Gayevsky. He gave several orders to the regional government to prevent attempts at unfounded price increasing and roaring demand for some goods. In particular he asked to coordinate activities with the local services of the federal structures, to develop public control of sales outlets, to inform the people and also to prepare proposals on a federal trade law to broaden the privileges of the regions to regulate prices. The governor ordered the local agricultural ministry to double buckwheat production and to maintain realization of the regional Strategy-2020.
The inflation rate in the Stavropol region in August was 5.4%, which is average for Russia and half that of the same period last year.
The business community explains price increases are due to the bad harvest, but the governor called these arguments groundless. Gayevsky said that the production rates of all basic foodstuffs (meat, milk, eggs) are positive.
At the same time, the first deputy to the regional prime-minister, Yury Bely, reported that a price boom had taken place in all the constituent parts of the Russian Federation, and Smolensk had managed to maintain its position.
He was upset about the fact that people buy food to keep in store because of rumours that there would be no salt or some grains.
The government of the region established a working group on pricing.
This question is being strictly controlled and checked every day. Telephone hot lines on price increasing were opened for the public. But in a few days only three people called it. The governor addressed all parties, non-governmental organizations and the regional community, asking to control regional trade organizations and the policy of pricing.
The government of the region proposed to raise prices no more than 10% compared to the release price.
So far, the regions do not have enough legal privileges to regulate price policy. According to federal law the regions can only advise on and analyze the prices.
At the moment the government is trying to change the situation by other means, such as weekend trade fairs and food sales in courtyards as part of the action "Vegetables at the front door" (there are 44 such places in Stavropol now).