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Agriculture Ministry's priority is food price control

PRIME MINISTER Robert Fico visited Agriculture Ministry on June 12 as part of an inspection round of all government departments in the middle of the election term. He said be believes that Slovakia is one of the countries where the food price growth was the lowest one despite of global pressure, the SITA newswire wrote.

PRIME MINISTER Robert Fico visited Agriculture Ministry on June 12 as part of an inspection round of all government departments in the middle of the election term. He said be believes that Slovakia is one of the countries where the food price growth was the lowest one despite of global pressure, the SITA newswire wrote.

PM Fico assured that price growth was more or less under control. He asked Agriculture Minister Zdenka Kramplová to set as her absolute priority monitoring of growth of food prices. The Agriculture Ministry informed that new legislation, for example, a revision of the law on prices, is underway.

One of the prepared measures is also monitoring of prices at farms, consumers and processing companies. Apart from this, she suggests a possibility of a certain price moratorium. There are several measures, which, however, her ministry has to consult with the Finance Ministry and the Economy Ministry.

According to Fico, the government refuses to leave the development of food prices up to the free market, which is why he suggests that all legislative tools should be taken into consideration.

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