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BC citizens requested not to dread-purchase as bare shelves fuel food certainty fear

Key takeaways: 

  • Flooding has put force on BC’s dairy, chicken, and egg production, region states there’s sufficient food. 
  • Vacant grocery shops shelves at a Superstore in Kelowna, BC, showcase customer behaviour amongst oversupply scarcities. 

BC residents request not panic-purchase: 

Regional leaders are requesting British Columbians not to stockpile food and groceries as disturbances to BC’s farm production and supply multiples from the historic downpour and flooding fuels fear amongst customers.

Sections of empty grocery shop shelve in Hope, Chilliwack and the Okanagan reminded BC Premier John Horgan to declare calls to citizens to refrain from panic-purchasing. 

“Please, do not hoard items. What you need, your neighbours need as well,” he stated at a news briefing Wednesday. “We are confident we can recover our supply multiples in a quick and orderly manner provided we all act as we have been acting over the past two years.” Source – cbc.ca

Also read: BC announces state of emergency in the wake of destructive flooding, mudslides

The entreaty comes after record-breaking rainfall caused key flooding and various mudslides. Abbotsford, one of the most productive agricultural zones in BC. Farmers in the town’s flooded Sumas Prairie zone have lost dozens of livestock and seen the whole of the properties submerged. 

They are stimulating for notable losses, but destruction to vital roadways over BC means even larger challenges for the region’s food producers in the days ahead. 

Pressurized dairy, chicken and eggs

The BC Dairy Association states the Sumas Prairie zone has about 200 dairy farms, 59 of which are under clearance instruction. There are about 470 dairy farms in BC. 

Board chair Holger Schwichtenberg states it’s tough to quantify the destruction to farms in the zone but points to the big ripple impact of shutdowns. 

“Right now a large proportion of the milk in B.C. cannot be picked up,” said Schwichtenberg, who says between 70 to 80 per cent of milk produced each day is going to waste. “Provincewide, B.C. produces about 2.2 million litres a day. So it’s a lot.” Source – cbc.ca

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