China will draft and carry out in 2020 a response plan for ensuring food security amid the global coronavirus pandemic, the country’s state planner said on Friday. The move came as the pandemic has roiled agriculture supply chains worldwide, and threatened to trigger a potential food crisis. Chinese authorities have urged state and private firms to boost inventories of major agriculture products like soybeans and corn to prepare for any further disruptions from the outbreak. “It is imperative, and it is well within our ability, to ensure the food supply for 1.4 billion Chinese people through our own efforts,” China’s Premier Li Keqiang said to parliament. China will also ensure the supply of seed, fertiliser, pesticide and farming machinery, Premier Li said.
Source: Nigerian Tribune May 22, 2020 04:41 UTC