Lithuania won't run out of food, agriculture minister says

  • 2020-03-31
  • BNS/TBT Staff

VILNIUS - Lithuania will not run out of food products as the country can produce more food than it consumes and the movement of goods between EU countries is not restricted, Agriculture Minister Andrius Palionis said on Tuesday.  

"I can assure you that in some positions, Lithuania produces 2.5 times as much food as it can consume, so there will be no food shortages," he told LRT Radio. 

It is Lithuanian food product exporters that are facing problems after EU member states closed public spaces due to the coronavirus quarantine, Palionis said. 

"Exports to other EU have now stopped or are minimal," the minister said. "This poses a challenge for our processors" as they are forced to freeze perishable products.

"Frozen products are cheaper than fresh ones. Therefore, businesses are incurring losses," he said.