Coronavirus food shortage fears prompt Australian shoppers to target seeds and country stores

While panicked shoppers have so far targeted supermarket shelves amid coronavirus fears, it seems they have now expanded their nets to include other sources of food.

An Adelaide nursery is reporting a significant increase in vegetable seed sales in the past fortnight.

There are also reports of city shoppers descending on country shops because of shelves being stripped bare in metropolitan areas.

In recent weeks, major supermarkets around the country have been running low on items including rice, pasta and toilet paper because of widespread stockpiling of goods in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Golden Grove nursery manager Steve Neale said people had shown an interest in growing their own fruit and vegetables as a precautionary measure. 

"We've been selling a lot more seeds than normal … it's intensified over the last few weeks, there's no doubt about that," he said.

"Certainly things like lettuces — and things like that that are quite quick growing, [such as] radishes — there's quite a lot of things you can grow that you can harvest in a few weeks, and herbs that may not be readily available.

"Broccoli, cauliflowers, cabbages and silverbeet, things like that. Baby spinach as well … we've been selling quite a lot of mint and parsley and thyme."

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