Hanoi (VNA) – The Singaporean Government on April 8 announced new measures to accelerate local food production as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted global supply chains. The city-state currently produces only about 10 percent of its food needs but has plans to increase that as climate change and population growth threaten global food supplies. Restrictions on population movement because of the COVID-19 outbreak around the world are wreaking havoc on farming and food supply chains and raising concern of widespread shortages and price increases. Authorities said in a statement that the current COVID-19 situation underscores the importance of local food production, as part of Singapore's strategies to ensure food security. Local food production mitigates Singapore’s reliance on imports, and provides buffer in the event of food supply disruptions. Farmers and the government have been seeking ways to overcome the shortage of land in Singapore, where only 1 percent of its … [Read more...] about Singapore plans to step up domestic food production
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Phnom Penh (VNA) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on April 7 that he has decided to cancel the Khmer New Year celebrations scheduled for April 13-16 in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Speaking at a press conference, Hun Sen said State institutions and private firms should continue to work as usual, noting that the cancelled five-day holidays will be offset when the COVID-19 is over. “The government wants to reduce the travelling of people to prevent the spread of infection from one place to another. This m,easure is to prevent the people from contracting the virus,” he was quoted by a local newspaper. The same day, Tourism Minister Thong Khon said as from April 7, Cambodia will temporarily close all massage parlors and health spas across the country. Earlier this month, the country ordered the temporary closures of all schools, karaoke clubs, cinemas and museums nationwide. All religious gatherings at public areas were also banned. The … [Read more...] about Cambodia cancels Khmer New Year festivals amid COVID-19 outbreak
India's peak farm activity happens between April and June. This is when the winter crop - wheat, rice and pulses - is harvested and sold. It is also peak season for fruits. And it is also when farmers begin sowing the summer rain-fed crop, comprising paddy, pulses, cotton and sugarcane. "The lockdown has hit both these seasons," says Mekhala Krishnamurthy, an associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Ashoka University. … [Read more...] about Will coronavirus lockdown cause food shortages in India?
PARIS - The world's top animated film festival was cancelled Tuesday because of the coronavirus, but organisers said they would hold an online version instead. The Annecy Festival in eastern France is the latest in a string of major cultural events to be cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. … [Read more...] about World’s top animation festival moves online over virus
In the beginning months of the year, the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic had serious repercussions for Vietnam and other countries around the world. The demand for a number of essential commodities, including rice, was growing very fast and there was a need to increase reserves in order to ensure food supplies. … [Read more...] about Vietnam grapples with question of rice exports amid concern about food security