Campaign on the Bosphorus: Turkish state becomes a greengrocer

Vegetables

Peppers and eggplants (icon)

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Istanbul

In the face of soaring food prices in Turkey, the government has started to sell cheap vegetables directly to citizens. On television, long lines of tents set up in city centers were on Monday.

According to CNN Trk, there are 30 outlets in the capital Ankara. It should be 50 in Istanbul. How many outlets were set up in total remained unclear at first.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara how to fight terrorists, now they wanted to fight those who spread “food terror”. Erdogan is responsible for the price increases, not the bad economic situation caused by his government, but responsible greedy traders and “foreign forces”.

On March 31 are local elections

The high food prices are a political issue, and the state vegetable trade probably more campaign strategy than a relief for the purse of 82 million Turks. On March 31 are local elections.

The annual tax rate was recently 20.35 percent. Food and non-alcoholic drinks have become particularly expensive. In January 2019, products from this category cost on average 30.97 percent more than a year ago. According to the Turkish statistics institute TIK, peppers even accounted for about 88 percent more and aubergines for around 81 percent.

According to Erdogan, similar initiatives will soon be applied to cleaning products. “Thus, my citizens, my sisters Ayse and Fatma, my Ahmet and my Mehmet will benefit in the most ideal way from this discount.” (Dpa)