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Price of vegetables goes up with Matmo approaching

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The approaching Typhoon Matmo has caused vegetable prices to increase ahead of its arrival, prompting the main opposition party to slam the government for allowing “outrageous” hikes without taking into account people's economic hardships.

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) yesterday criticized the administration of President Ma Ying-jeou for its obsessive focus on politics. “The president is busy slamming the opposition parties while the premier and other political leaders are going on hikes, allowing dishonest retailers to take advantage of the typhoon by raising vegetable prices unreasonably,” said Huang.

“The government should take into account the needs of the people, especially the less advantaged groups, and stabilize the prices as soon as possible, said Huang.

Each year, Taiwan is affected by three or four typhoons; the government should establish a well-rounded system that prevents retailers from trying to make a profit from typhoons, Huang stressed.

“The prices of leafy vegetables have hiked 20 to 30 percent even before the typhoon has struck; cabbage prices have increased nearly 70 percent, but the government claims that these are reasonable hikes,” said Huang.

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Grocery shoppers gather to purchase vegetables at a traditional market before Typhoon Matmo strikes Taiwan in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)

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