As the Coronavirus hits Indonesian imports, some restaurants there are taking dishes off the menu after the price of onions soared ten-fold. In Iran, it has caused a decline in mushroom consumption, while in Panama, the consumer protection body is keeping a close eye on the soaring fruit prices. Meanwhile, Australian growers are working with government and retailers to deal with the impact of coronavirus. Lastly, Belgium’s national dish -“French fries”- has escaped the country’s near lockdown over the virus.
Onion & garlic: Coronavirus hits Indonesian imports
Restaurants in Indonesia are taking some dishes off the menu after the price of onions soared ten-fold to cost more than beef, while a spike in garlic prices is also affecting staple dishes amid import disruptions from China due to coronavirus. Shipments from China of goods and produce have been hurt in the past few months as a lockdown in some areas and extended holidays to curb the virus outbreak have thrown global supply chains into turmoil.
Decline in Iranian mushroom consumption
Following the spread of the coronavirus in Iran, sales of mushrooms have witnessed a 45% decline, chairman of the board of the Union of Mushroom Producers said.
"Mushroom consumption in Iran is on the fall," Mohammad Hassan Afshar was also quoted as saying by ILNA. "The decrease in prices has jeopardized many mushroom producers," he told financialtribune.com.
Panamanian consumer protection eyes soaring fruit prices
In Merca Panama, the largest agricultural market in the volume of products offered has fallen and prices have climbed especially in citrus. According to menafn.com, the few consumers visiting the market are mainly looking for orange, lemon, ginger, and tangerine, without losing sight of the vegetables, legumes and basic grains.
Australian growers committed to ensure supply
The impact of the coronavirus is being closely monitored and managed by Australia’s fruit and vegetable growers. AFPA member companies are working with government and retailers to ensure the most comprehensive systems are in place to deal with the impact of coronavirus so that fresh produce can continue to be available for all Australians.
Belgium: Fries spared from national coronavirus lockdown
Belgium’s national dish, fried potato sticks that many English speakers refer to as “French fries,” has escaped the country’s near lockdown over coronavirus, with vendors allowed to stay open while all cafes and restaurants have been forced to close. But - as many Belgians noticed - the places selling fries have been spared, as long as you eat them elsewhere.