Rumour about limited food supply fake – Ministry
A release making the rounds claiming that local supermarkets have a limited three-week supply of food remaining is fake.
Today, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour denounced the rumor.
The ministry noted that the circulation is malicious and encourages panic buying and should be ignored.
“The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour as part of its COVID -19 Food Security and Mitigation Plan will make official releases on issues relating to food security,” the release said.
The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Chamber of Industry and Commerce (SVGCIC) also weighed in on the issue, stressing that the information currently being circulated on social media referring to an impending food supply shortage as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic is fake.
“The allegation is that C. K Greaves and Co. Ltd only has three weeks volume of stock and that ECGC has grain stock to the end of April.
“Please note that the Chamber Secretariat made a check with these establishments and both
have assured us that stock levels are normal and adequate,” said the chamber’s release.
The SVGCIC also added that both establishments have invoked their re-order levels and baring any major disruption of seaport operations (not envisaged), business remains as usual.