COA says food supplies are sufficient

17 May, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT Taiwan's Council of Agriculture (COA) is assuring the public that there are ample supplies in aquatic products and agricultural produce that can be ordered online.

The statement comes amid on-going panic buying in many places amid a surge in coronavirus cases.

Agriculture officials say it has 223,300 tonnes of fishery stocks from fish farmers and frozen food providers and those stocks can support Taiwan for at least six months.

According to the COA, a 2-week demand from 6.6-million Taipei and New Taipei residents is around 6,500 tonnes.

Agricultural e-commerce operators have been reporting a surge of 50% in sales from 11 May, when an escalation of domestically transmitted coronavirus cases was first reported.

Agriculture officials say they have stepped up efforts to connect more farmers with e-commerce operators to boost supplies.

Popular products flying off store shelves include frozen dumplings, pizza, rice, noodles and canned food, as people rush to supermarkets.

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