Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Australia’s food production and supply chain would not be affected by coronavirus shutdowns.
“The Commonwealth is guaranteeing food production and supply as we deal with the virus’ spread,” Mr 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.”
Mr Littleproud said food production and supply was an essential service.
“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.”
Mr Littleproud assured Australians that farmers would be able to keep producing food.
“This food will arrive fresh and on time at their local supermarket the same as it’s always done, but they don’t need added pressure of senseless hoarding,” he said.
“Australians should stay calm and know Australian agriculture will be there for them.
“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’ spread.”