Government soothes fears, says Taiwan has 6 months of food supplies

15-May-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The Council of Agriculture (COA) assured the public on Thursday (May 13) that Taiwan has enough food for at least six months, in an attempt to soothe panic buying sparked by a surge in local COVID-19 infections.

After 16 domestic cases were reported in four different parts of the country on Wednesday, Taiwanese consumers rushed to supermarkets to purchase groceries, toilet paper, surgical masks, and alcohol-based disinfectants. Several stores reported shelves being cleared of such products, though they said they could adjust to demand.

Speaking at a press interview, the COA pointed out the country has about 953,000 metric tonnes of rice in stock, which is sufficient to feed the entire population for 18 months. Meanwhile, vegetables and fruits can meet nationwide demand for another six months, it said.

As far as meat is concerned, the COA said Taiwan has 525,000 metric tonnes of pork and 510,000 metric tonnes of chicken products in stock. In addition, a total of 24 million eggs are supplied each day and 579,000 metric tonnes of seafood will be available during the next six months, it added.


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