Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism in the media conference yesterday afternoon explained that basic necessities including agricultural and fisheries commodities are sufficient to meet the domestic market demands.
Following the COVID-19 outbreak that causes some of the country's population to panic buy basic necessities including agricultural and fisheries commodities, the Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism informs that chicken, beef and eggs productions meets the demand of the domestic market until the end of the year, and this includes demands for the upcoming month of Ramadhan and Hari Raya Aidil Fitri. Apart from that, a number of farmers guarantee that they are capable of increasing their output if needed to ensure food security in the country.
Yang Berhormat further explained that for the supply of vegetables, local farmers who supplies part of the domestic market demands, including the importation of supplies, is still operating normally to meet the country's domestic market demands.
For beef and buffalo meat commodity, the current supply from local farmers and livestock imports is also operating normally to meet demands of the domestic market, including for the upcoming month of Ramadhan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
The minister added that with the expansion of cattle farming activity by a local company that will commence by the middle of this year, beef production output in the country will be increased.
Whereas for fish and prawn supply, catching activities by local fishermen and aquaculture activities is currently still ongoing to supply a part of the domestic market's demands.
Apart from that, the minister said main supermarkets in the country also assured that the supply of agricultural and fisheries commodities are sufficient to meet the demands of the current market, either through local suppliers or through import.
The Minister also advised the general public there is no need for irrational panic buying and purchasing items such as food in large quantities. Apart from that, Yang Berhormat also called upon business owners not to take advantage of the situation by hiking up prices for agricultural and fisheries products and food.
The Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism and stakeholders will continue to monitor the current development, and any changes that can affect the import of agricultural and fisheries commodities in the country will be tackled through the Whole of Nation Approach to ensure food security.
Source: Radio Television Brunei