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Is it true that the food crisis is hoarding rice

Is it true that the food crisis is hoarding rice

Recently, there are voices on the internet calling on netizens to 'buy some rice in the supermarket and store it for three months'. When asked why, it was originally rumored that the epidemic might trigger a global food crisis.

According to Xinhua news agency, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization predicts that the bad situation is expected to appear in April and may. The judgment is based on the fact that the food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has found that food has encountered multiple challenges in many aspects, such as food transportation and livestock breeding. However, up to now, the food supply is still sufficient, and the impact on the grain industry is quite small.

The report of Xinhua news agency also mentioned that Fitch consulting company of the United States believes that in developed markets, grain planting is usually on large farms with low population density, which is less vulnerable to the epidemic; In view of the good climate conditions in key production areas, the prospect of crop harvest from 2020 to 2021 is optimistic and the food is relatively sufficient. However, people in labor-intensive industries, such as palm oil and other planting industries and fresh meat processing industries, have a high risk of infection, so temporary closure measures are needed. Fitch is concerned that although some kinds of food are in sufficient supply, there may be excessive hoarding or restricted trading, raising the risk of food crisis.

Will the epidemic lead to tight food supply in China? Is it necessary for citizens to hoard rice?

Wang liaowei, senior economist of the national grain and oil information center, was introduced in an exclusive interview with Xinhua news agency, "although there have been roller coaster grain price fluctuations in the international market several times in recent years, due to China's continuous bumper grain harvest, abundant supply, sufficient inventory and strong guarantee, the overall grain market remains stable. In 2019, China's grain planting area was stable and the grain harvest was bumper again. The total annual grain output was 663.84 million tons, an increase of 5.94 million tons year-on-year, an increase of 0.9%. On the whole, China's grain supply and demand is generally loose, which can fully meet the people's daily consumption needs and effectively respond to the test of major natural disasters and emergencies. "

Wang liaowei also said that China's total grain output has been stable at more than 650 million tons for five consecutive years. In recent years, the grain reserve system and mechanism have been continuously improved, the grain reserve is sufficient, and the inventory of ration varieties such as wheat and rice is at the highest level in history. Since the outbreak of novel coronavirus pneumonia, relevant departments and local governments have taken effective measures to ensure the grain and oil market's stable price, promote the resumption of production and production of grain and oil processing enterprises, ensure smooth grain logistics and transportation, and keep grain and oil market unsold and continuously run.

Chinese people cannot eat three meals a day without rice and noodles. According to Wang liaowei, China has abundant rice supply. In 2019, the rice output was 209.6 million tons, which has been in surplus for many years; The output of wheat has exceeded the demand for many consecutive years. The wheat output in 2019 was 134 million tons, the second highest level in history, and has remained above 130 million tons for five consecutive years.