Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov held a meeting on price control for socially important food products.

It was noted that over the past week, by region, the largest price increase was recorded in the Karaganda region – by 0.4 cents, in 11 more regions – the cities of Nur-Sultan and Shymkent, Mangistau, Aktobe, Akmola, Kostanay, Kyzylorda, West Kazakhstan, North Kazakhstan, Almaty and Turkestan regions – 0.3 percent.

Chairman of the Trade Committee of the Ministry of Trade and Integration of the Republic of Kazakhstan Yerzhan Kazanbayev noted that the monitoring of the "revolving scheme" tool does not show the full coverage of the approved financing plan.

The relevant department continues to coordinate local executive bodies on compliance with the permissible trade mark-up by retail trade objects. Raid events over the past week covered 33.6 thousand stores "at home" or 78.9 percent of retail facilities, 424 violations were revealed. As a result, trade surcharges have been reduced by 15 percent.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, NWPT reserves in the republic amount to about 744 thousand tons, including reserves under the "revolving scheme" – 108 thousand tons, stable funds – 25.6 thousand tons and forward contracts for 52.9 thousand tons have been concluded.

The Ministry of Agriculture, together with the akimats, was instructed to regularly update the balance of production and consumption in order to promptly organize the supply of agricultural products between regions, taking into account their needs.

– Now early vegetables are ripening in the southern regions. It is necessary to carry out work on contracting and supplying vegetables, for which we see an increase in prices. In addition to this, you need to increase financing for forward purchases so that in the fall you can put the necessary amounts of food into stabilization funds at relatively low prices. This work should be carried out today," A. Smailov instructed, addressing the akims of the regions.

In addition, the Prime Minister instructed the Ministry of Trade, together with the akimats of the regions, to pay special attention to the control of the trade surcharge, including at wholesale points of sale, as well as to bring the financing of the "revolving scheme" to the 100 percent target level.

– Inflation is a primary issue of the social well–being of the population, which should be monitored on a daily basis. Supervising deputy akims should monitor the situation and take the necessary measures. We have all the tools for this," concluded Alikhan Smailov.

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