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Sichuan stable, pork price won't rise

The supply of food and other goods in Sichuan province, the earthquake damaged region of China, is stable now and business is expected to recover soon, the commerce minister said on Thursday.

Sichuan is a major pork-supplying province, accounting for about 10 percent of the country's total. But the price of pork in the country will not shoot up because the worst quake-hit areas are in the mountains and they do not supply a large amount of the meat to the national market, Chen Deming reported at a press conference.

Back on track
The government took steps to rein in pork prices after they shot up to record highs last year. "In fact, in some Chengdu markets, the price of pork have even fallen a little," he said, "and by the end of this month, the business at the county level and above should be back on track." The delivery lines to some remote villages, however, have still not been fully restored because of blocked roads.


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