Egg on face for Labour’s vege policy

Market pricing for vegetables means they have become cheap to the point of driving down people’s grocery bills, now almost 20% less than in July.

Cheaper vegetables that are now in-season helped push the price of food down last month, according to government data.

The Food Price Index fell 1 per cent in September, led by an 8.6 per cent decline in fresh produce, according to Statistics New Zealand. The monthly fall follows a 1.4 per cent drop in August, though the price of food is still 4.7 per cent higher than in September last year.

“The September fall in fruit and vegetable prices is the largest since a fall of 10.2 per cent in February 2006,” the department said in its report. “While vegetable prices often fall at this time of year, prices are now 19.6 percent from their highest-ever recorded level in July 2011.”

So remind me why we need to remove GST of fresh fruit and veges again?


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