Turkey has found that fighting words alone aren’t enough to deter the people it blames for runaway food inflation.
After weeks of bashing those marketers they are calling price-gougers, traitors and even terrorists, president Erdogan’s AK Party is backing up threats with deeds. Fines are on the way after raids of wholesale food markets in five provinces on February 6 uncovered “exorbitant” price increases of up to 800 percent for certain items, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said on Sunday.
According to bloomberg.com¸ authorities also want to cut out middlemen by purchasing vegetables directly from farmers and selling them at cut-rate prices in Turkey’s two biggest cities, with tents up and running at numerous locations from Monday. Discount sales will be expanded to include cleaning products, according to Erdogan.