NSCP urges ministry to exercise better control over prices

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AMMAN — Jordan's National Society for Consumer Protection (NSCP) has urged the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Supply to set price caps on available and widely used varieties rather than on goods that are rare or not even in the market. اضافة اعلان

While on visits to markets, The NSCP found that, for example, there was a price cap on some tomato and eggplant varieties that are seldom used, while some more essential goods had no price cap.

As a result, The NSCP urged the ministry to set price caps on tomatoes raised in green houses and on regular eggplants, two essential commodities widely available in markets whose prices are high.

Head of the Consumer Protection Association Mohammad Obeidat told Jordan News that the ministry should pay more attention to this issue as the association receives hundreds of calls each day from citizens across the Kingdom complaining about sellers’ failure to sell at the set prices, particularly in outlying areas of the capital.

Ministry spokesman Yanal Barmawi stressed that the markets are supervised daily, with ministry official checking compliance with the ministry’s law, the amount of quantities of goods, and the application of specific price ceilings, and taking the necessary legal measures against violators.

“The ministry does not price any commodity that is not in the market,” he emphasized, stressing that the ministry has specialized teams and tools for daily market monitoring and follow-up.

According to Obeidat, “citizens are unaware that the ministry made a decision on certain types of unavailable goods while excluding others”, adding that “despite their availability in markets in large quantities, they are being sold at ridiculous prices by some traders who practice the worst types of monopoly”.

“Until now, we are witnessing daily increases in the price of some varieties,” Obeidat said, adding that “vegetable prices were expected to stabilize in the first week of the holy month, after citizens were satisfied with their purchases and also as a result of the high temperatures that would help increase the quantities supplied to the markets. Yet, so far, we are witnessing daily increases in some varieties, especially of vine tomatoes,” Obeidat said.

Obeidat urged citizens not to buy large quantities of commodities, especially those with high prices, because “increased demand raises prices, allowing monopolists to raise their prices”. He also suggested that citizens should not only “not buy high-priced goods, but boycott them if necessary, so that their prices fall and everyone can afford them”.

“I hope that the boycott, which will be a voluntary choice of consumers, will result in a change for the better in the buying and consuming culture,” he added.

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