Media Release: Australia’s food security not in question

South Australians can be confident that our food security is not at risk because of coronavirus.

Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud and said our food production and supply chains were up to the job of enduring and emerging through the current pandemic.

“Australia will always have enough food. Coronavirus doesn’t change that,” Minister Littleproud said.

Senator for South Australia Anne Ruston said amid a surge in demand for food products the Morrison Government had made sure the agricultural supply chain continues to operate to get food on the table.

“Ensuring Australia’s food security is one of the government’s top priorities. It’s a key part of $320 billion of measures to deal with the impacts of coronavirus,” Senator Ruston said.

“We’ve implemented strategies that include maintaining agriculture’s service and supply lines, extending work visas, and providing air freight support.”

Senator Ruston said it was worth remembering that Australia produces three times the amount of food the nation requires.

“There is plenty of food in Australia and unfortunately when people hoard it’s the most vulnerable in our community that are actually being impacted the worst by panic buying.”

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