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Turkey opens government veg stalls in battle with inflation

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Turkey opens government veg stalls in battle with inflation

Turkey opens government veg stalls in battle with inflation

Battling high levels of food inflation, Turkish authorities opened their own markets to sell cheap fruit and vegetables directly to consumers, cutting out retailers who the government has accused of hiking prices.

Emily Wither reports.

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Turkey opens government veg stalls in battle with inflation

In Turkey soaring food prices are a political hot potato.

President Tayyip Erdogan has labeled supermarkets that hike prices "food terrorists." This is the government's front-line in the battle with inflation.

They've opened their own stalls to sell cheap fruit and vegetables directly to shoppers in a move to cut out retailers who the government has accused of hiking prices.

Tomatoes, onions, and peppers are all half the price here compared to the shops.

And local elections are coming up.

Food prices surged 31 percent year-on-year in January, and there are now less than two months to go before locals head to the polls.

Erdogan's AK Party faces a tough challenge to maintain support.

Traders blame storms in Turkey's farming region for the food price hikes, as well as rising costs of labor and transport.

The Turkish president has vowed to punish wholesales vendors trying to keep prices artificially high, and said the discounts will be extended to include rice and pulses, as well as cleaning products.

But some locals here are wondering if these markets will remain open after the March vote.

They are only open in Ankara and Istanbul and control of these two cities hangs in the balance.




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