by Dr Wu Wenbin, Henan University of Technology, China

At present, the outbreak of international novel coronavirus is still spreading all over the world. In this troubling period, the international community is highly concerned about the issue of ensuring ample food supply to the population. In particular, we must increase the capacity of food produced to avoid food shortages and prevent people from being subject to panic. In the face of the evolving situation, the Chinese government has the confidence and ability to respond to these risks and challenges, solving the problem of food shortages for the Chinese people and with the aim to defeat coronavirus.

In recent years, China's grain production capacity has been stable, and its output has remained at a high. By implementing the strategy of storing grain on the land sustainably, grain output recently reached over 1.3 trillion tonnes for five consecutive years.

During the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China, the state food administration departments strengthened coordination. Processes have been set up to ensure the joint supply of grain and oil between Hubei and five neighboring provinces, including Hunan, Henan, Anhui and Jiangxi, to ensure the supply of grain and oil In areas subject to a severe epidemic. The stock of rice, flour and edible oil in Hubei province, Wuhan city and other key areas and cities can meet the consumption demand for over a month easily.

At the same time, China will establish a daily monitoring and reporting system for grain and oil markets, dynamically grasping the status of grain processing, transportation, distribution, supply and price, strengthen the analysis and determination of the situation, improve the early warning mechanism, keep a close eye on the abnormal fluctuations of supply and demand, and constantly optimise the dispatching mode.

Guided by scientific planning, China will focus on strengthening the development of infrastructure and information technologies. China will strengthen the development of the grain market and the grain logistics system, and strive to create an open, transparent, orderly, efficient and dynamic market.

At present, the first stage of the epidemic control in China has ended, and various regions are promoting the continuation of work and production of grain and oil enterprises in a solid and orderly manner, and various regions have introduced policies and measures to accelerate the resumption of work and production of grain and oil enterprises. As of April 1st, all the 37 key processing enterprises under the grain and oil guarantee cooperation had started work, and 4,649 of the 5,388 national grain emergency processing enterprises had resumed work, with a daily processing capacity of 465,000 tonnes of wheat and 487,000 tonnes of rice, meeting the needs of the people and the food industry in China.

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