Central Kitchen Program Sells Vegetables 30 Percent Lower Than in Retail Markets
According to a policy released by the commission of development and reform, vegetables that are sold under the Central Kitchen program must be sold at 30 percent cheaper that those found in the market.
Vegetables sold in stores also under the Central Kitchen program must be at least 14 percent cheaper than other sellers of produce. Prices for rice, edible oil, eggs and meat is 5 to 8 percent cheaper that those sold in the markets. Van operators will be given preferential policies on taxes, power and rent that will help lower their operating costs and in addition to this, the government will also give subsidies to assist in daily operations.
The vans will be placed in 900 spots in 600 communities to sell vegetables, but many residents are still complaining that they haven’t seen a van near their area that sell vegetables. Organizers are saying that the van service is still in the trial period and that there are now vans operating in one spot in a community that will sell vegetables from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with service hours set to increase after a two month trial.
The vans will be selling around forty different types of vegetables and more variety will be introduced when the program is deemed successful. The program will also launch an online shopping website that will also sell cheap and fresh vegetables.