The Turkish government wants to sell because of the rapid rise in food prices in Turkey cheap fruit and vegetables directly to the population. “The Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of agriculture” had already begun to do so, said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Previously, the economy had announced Minister Berat Albayrak, according to media reports, the government wants to buy, “together with the municipalities of vegetables and fruit from the source and in the big cities of the purchase price to offer”.
The discontent in the population about the rise in food prices is large. The government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the peasants, the debt: In the Turkish television pictures were to see how vegetables were confiscated. “Who are hoarding potatoes and onions, will get his punishment”, had Erdoğan threatened. The debate about high food prices is also gaining in importance, because on December 31. March in Turkey’s local elections.
The prices for food have increased in Turkey over the period of a year, according to the Turkish statistics Agency Tüik by more than 30 percent. Peppers, for example, rose by around 88 percent, eggplant by around 81 percent.
The Turkish Lira had lost in the past year. One reason for this is the sanctions imposed by Turkey and the US against each other. In consequence, the inflation rate increased in Turkey. In January, it was, according to Tüik at 20.35 percent.