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President Park listens to citizens

President Park Geun-hye visited a supermarket in Seocho District, Seoul on March 13 to check the prices of agricultural commodities and emphasize improvements to the goods distribution structure.

“Price indexing is one of the most popular interests among people,” said Park at an outdoor wholesale market. “The distribution system that requires many complicated steps takes a toll on farmers, ranchers, and consumers. We should simplify it and make it efficient.”

President Park Geun-hye tries a strawberry at a free sample stand during the market tour on March 13 (photo: Gonggam Korea).

President Park Geun-hye (right) tries a strawberry at a free sample stand during the market tour on March 13 (photo: Gonggam Korea).

After purchasing one kilogram of potatoes, President Park moved into the indoor market where she bought strawberries, and pork, and two bundles of herbs.

“Farmers and ranchers are having a hard time due to low prices while consumers complain about their tight circumstances with the high price of commodities from retailers,” continued Park, at the following meeting with workers in the business sector, who also mentioned that the distribution process can possibly be reduced by up to 70 percent for vegetables and 50 percent for fruits.

She also stressed that it is important to get people to understand the situation of producers whose goods go through many steps to reach retailers.

“When business infrastructure improves and a certain set of guidelines is established to control the supply and demand for a transparent and reasonable transaction, consumers would understand price fluctuations and it also would provide a motivation for producers to work more efficiently,” Park added.

President Park Geun-hye purchases some grocery items at a store in Seocho District on March 13 (photo: Gonggam Korea).

President Park Geun-hye (center) purchases some grocery items at a supermarket on March 13 (photo: Gonggam Korea).

President Park also showed her firm determination to create visible outcomes that influence people’s lives. To do that, it is critical to learn through direct interaction with the people and receive on-site feedback, she emphasized.

Article from Gonggam Korea
Translated by Lee Seung-ah

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