After Commerce Ministry advised the public to stock up on necessities

Chinese agriculture officials state food supply is sufficient

China's vegetable production is basically normal and it has enough wheat to meet demand for one and a half years, agriculture officials said today. They spoke out in a further effort to reassure the public there is no need to worry about shortages. Shoppers rushed to stock up on staples this week after the Commerce Ministry advised the public to make sure they had enough daily necessities at home in case of emergencies. Supermarkets in various cities around the country saw flour, rice, and other food items flying off the shelves.

Despite a recent increase in the price of spinach, lettuce, and other leafy vegetables due to extreme weather, the area and output of other major varieties had slightly increased, Tang Ke, director general of the Department of Market and Informatization under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, told reporters.

China is expected to produce 750 million tons of vegetables this year, up 1% from last year, added Tang, providing a possible 1.5 kilogram (3.3 pounds) a day per person.


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