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Singapore food security under spotlight

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  1. Song Hong

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    Since a long time, I am expecting this to come.

    Food security expert Paul Teng, an adjunct senior fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies at the Nanyang Technological University, said disruptions to food supply during the pandemic are related to labour shortages.

    Manpower is needed for planting and crop harvesting, as well as processing and shipping other food items, so measures that restrict the movement of people could affect supplies.

    Singapore's food security strategies have enabled it to tide over supply chain disruptions caused by Covid-19 so far, said Professor Teng.

    "But if the crisis is a protracted one lasting more than six months, there might be a need for people to step up to supplement the government's efforts," he added.

    For instance, even as the Government implements measures to safeguard national food supplies, individuals can also take small steps at the household level by, for instance, growing their own produce or being open-minded about consuming more frozen food instead of fresh items.

    Singapore is well aware of its vulnerability to global supply shocks given it is a small island nation that imports more than 90 per cent of its food.


    https://www.straitstimes.com/singap...ecurity-at-the-national-and-households-levels
     
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    Don't worry, there are many countries would like to provide as long as up-front payment is ready. 5.6 millions is not a thing for the market supply.
    Actually India should worry, no market can feed 1.3 billions, but I believe India has prepared as well.
     
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    As long as Singapore-Malaysia bridge is still open and food trading between Singapore-Indonesia is still allowed, I dont think Singapore should worry.
     
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    Really ? Do Malay still export rice ?? I dont think so. No country except VN still have extra rice to export during the pademic now.
     
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    You cannot buy food elsewhere even if you have money. Vietnam just banned rice export to most countries.

    While GOS tries to calm her citizen, the savvy will know that there is only 4% passenger flight operating for Singapore airlines.

    That means a lot of belly cargo capacity is taken out.

    https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/en...rts-still-in-force-govt-may-set-limit-traders

     
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    Yep, in our history, many times one now of rice was equal wt 1 bow of Gold.

    Thats why we focus on growing rice more than any countries in the world.

    Btw, hope u r not fake Vnese .
     
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    Yup, you are right that Malaysia rice production only can meet 80 percent of the country consumption. But particularly for this year Indonesia has the ability to export rice up until 500.000 tonnes. If it is still not enough, Vietnam and Thailand can be other choices. Indonesia only export high premium rice though. Other food like vegetable can be gotten from Indonesia, particularly vegetable production in Riau province which is near Singapore.


    https://www.reuters.com/article/indonesia-rice-exports-idAFL4N28E2M5

    Indonesia aims to export up to 500,000 tonnes of rice next year -minister



    That was a news from December 2019
     
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    No we curb rice export cos we have 100 millions ppl to feed during the pademic. The Govt also give free rice to the poor, so we dont have enough rice to export in large volume.

    ID have abt 200million ppl. Exporting rice now is not a good idea.

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    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has enough rice to last two and a half months, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry told Reuters on Friday (Mar 27), after Vietnam suspended exports to feed its own people amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/coronavirus-malaysia-food-supply-rice-vietnam-12583380
     
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    Vietnam is major food exporter despite having just 2 main plains, Song Hong and Mekong Delta.

    It manifest we are far more hardworking and smarter than a lot of SE Asian people.

     
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    Riau province imports its veggies from west sumatra
     
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    Belly cargo capacity gone. Now got to use passenger plane as cargo plane in supplement of a relatively small SQ cargo fleet.

    While it don't affect grains, there could be disruption in fresh milk (australia), beef, some fish...etc

    Else GOS will not be so concern.

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    COVID-19: Singapore Airlines slashes 96% of capacity, grounds most planes
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/new...airlines-suspend-flights-coronavirus-12566248
     
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    This is an alarming situation for Singapore. Now they will only have Thailand to feed their people. I think Indonesia will keep exporting rice to Singapore since we are a close neighbor and our climate is quite conducive this year for cultivating rice. They will die if no one supply rice to them. So I think we will supply them rice for humanitary reason.

    The confidence of our trade minister to export rice this year actually show that we have enough rice stock. According to my aunt who live in USA, rice is also scarce now there.

    Just know that, it means Riau agriculture sector focus on palm oil farming.
     
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    Indo has potential to plant and export more rice but problem is land is used for palm oil. And even if they chop the palm oil trees now the virus epidemic might be over by then.

    Sg is actually in deep shit. Not sure if US will help them, China, India and Vietnam will all stop selling food if this crisis goes on for 6 months.

    They can depend on Australia though, beef and bread.
     
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    We still have many lands in Sumatra and Kalimantan for agricultural farming but most are protected forest. Even in Java, where majority of Indonesian live, we still have some large forest across the island that can be transformed into paddy fields.

    The problem is that paddy fields in Indonesia are in majority owned by people, not company, so there will be problem with productivity and expansion. Government also keep rice price quite low by importing rice whenever the local rice price go up, so there is not much incentive for farmer to grow rice here. On the other hand, government never intervene in palm oil price.

    Yup for meat, Singapore can rely on Australia. Even Indonesia also import meat from Australia.
     
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    Too much forest in Papua and kalimantan. I am sure it quickly become Eldorado if it is leased to China to develop as farmland.