Government declares food production 'essential'

AGRICULTURE Minister David Littleproud has declared Australia’s food production and supply chain will not be affected by coronavirus shutdowns.
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Food production will continue as the government has declared the industry 'essential'. Picture Mark Saunders.

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"The Commonwealth is guaranteeing food production and supply as we deal with the virus's spread," Minister Littleproud said.

"I am in constant dialogue with farming groups, the states, supermarkets and my department to make sure there's food on the table for all Australians. As far as the Commonwealth is concerned, food production and supply is an essential service.
"Feeding our nation is an essential service.

"That means State-imposed border shutdowns will not affect agricultural supply chains. The trucks carrying food and produce will get through to the shops.

"Feed, hay, fertiliser and other agriculture products will continue being delivered to farms.

"We've got plenty of supply and the freight lanes across the country are being kept clear. Australians can be assured that their farmers will be able to keep producing the great food they're renowned for the world over.

"Maintaining food production, access to workers, agricultural supply lines, transportation and logistics is absolutely critical and will not be affected by any of the measures aimed at curbing the virus's spread." 
 

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