There is great concern surrounding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in almost all sectors of the economy, however Agriculture Minister Adam Marshall has expressed confidence in the agriculture industry. The Minister has described agriculture as one of the few sectors “almost completely un-impacted” by the outbreak. Consumers stripping shelves in supermarkets is driving strong demand for produce. As well as high demand on a domestic scale, the Minister indicated that international trading export markets remain strong, particularly now that China has re-opened. Whilst the grounding of passenger planes which also carry produce caused slight interruptions, the Minister explained that the shipping industry has stepped up to meet export demands. As long as the seasonal conditions permit, it is likely that the agriculture industry will emerge from the pandemic in a better position than before.

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