Alberta’s Agriculture Minister held a press conference before noon today, to ensure Albertans that the province’s food supply system remains strong during these uncertain times.
Minister Devin Dreeshan says the government and industry are working together to ensure communities all have access to safe, affordable food during the Coronavirus pandemic, and they are monitoring the situation closely.
Canada’s agriculture sector this week has warned of higher prices and potential food shortages if farming isn’t designated an essential service and allowed to do business as usual during the COVID-19 crisis.
Dreeshan said the province is ensuring that although some stores have had temporary shortages of certain items, this does not mean food supplies are running low and people do not need to stockpile items.
“Food is essential and we are in constant contact with our food suppliers and we will do whatever it takes to keep them open. I want to assure all Albertans that our food supply will remain safe, secure and accessible. Albertans are tough and resilient, and together, we will get through this.”
The government is focused on maintaining a stable food supply system. To date, the focus is on maintaining an open trade relationship between Canada and the United States for the movement of essential goods across the border.
The government is also working with federal and provincial partners to maintain functioning rail service, ports and commercial trucking systems within Canada and across North America to enable the movement of essential goods.