DOHA: The government has announced price controls for nearly 400 food and non-food items ahead of Ramadan and said the reduced rates will be applicable from June 22 until July-end.
The list has so far not been provided to the media but the Ministry of Economy and Commerce said it will post the list on its website (www.mec.gov.qa) soon.
The fasting month is expected to begin from June 28 and last until July 27. All outlets will have to follow the list of the 400 items or face the music.
The discounted prices will be applicable to all outlets, big or small.
The ministry has added 80 more items to the Ramadan price freeze list this year. The number of items covered last Ramadan was 320 and the price reduced worked out to some 10 percent.
The lists of items will also be put up at major outlets and issued to local newspapers. Like the previous years, the items include chicken, wheat flour, frozen vegetables, canned food, sugar, edible oil and rice, among others.
Non-food items include detergents and soaps, tissue papers and packaging materials.
The ministry said in a statement that this year it will also make available to Qataris, during Ramadan, Syrian and Jordanian sheep (to be slaughtered at Widam abattoir) from June 25 at discounted rates. Syrian sheep will be sold for QR950 apiece and Jordanian sheep for QR800.
The ministry has entered into an agreement with Widam (Qatar Meat and Livestock Company) to import 27,000 Arab-origin sheep during Ramadan. The two initiatives aim to protect consumers from any unjustified increases in prices.