Traders in Ashgabat's markets are still forced to sell products at fixed, low prices. However, control by the police and officials is not as strict as it was on the eve of the New Year holidays, the correspondents of the Chronicle of Turkmenistan report.
In the Tashauz market, price tags with fixed prices hang even on the counters of private merchants. Taking advantage of the fact that control has weakened, the goods sell for one manat more expensive than indicated. For example, tangerines sell at 7 manats per kilogram, instead of the 6, oranges, 8, pears and kiwi, 9. Bananas, 6 manat, very quickly.
The situation is different with meat. For the price of 18 manat per kilogram, the seller will weigh only bones and some meat. A kilogram of tenderloin will cost already 30 manat.
The fact that sellers in the capital markets are forced to reduce prices is also transmitted by Radio Azatlyk , according to which there were announcements on the markets with stamps saying that the cake should cost 1 manat, despite the fact that its cost is 3- 5 manat. Officials warned traders that the fine for overcharging would be 400 manat. This led to the closure of about half of the points for the sale of bread, as it is not profitable for people to sell it.
The shortage of flour and bread continues in the regions, reports ANT . Despite the fact that the state stores began to deliver a little more flour than at the end of last year, the queues in front of outlets do not become less.
In addition, according to HT correspondents, since late January, state-owned stores in Ashgabat have stopped selling Ahal vegetable oil. Local residents are confident that in this way the authorities are trying to get rid of the large queues arising from the capital's state stores during its sale and spoiling, according to officials, the image of a prosperous state in the eyes of foreigners.
Ahal oil is now sold only in the provinces and in the suburbs of Ashgabat. For example, in the villages Bagir, Keshi and Gokcha (Bagyr, KAlsi, GAlkjA�). A liter of oil instead of 3.4 manats is sold for 5, giving in addition non-salable goods. Even in this case, for the oil, which spill no more than two bottles to one person, queues are lined up. Sales begin at 7 am, but after an hour the sellers report that the goods have ended.
The queues at the state-owned stores are caused not only by the desire to buy products at regulated prices for their own consumption, but also to earn some money. The oil bought in the state shops is sold to private owners at 7-8 manats, which, in turn, resell it at 10.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan