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新型コロナと農業・食料―中川村、アメリカ、パキスタン 20年6月2日

中川から全国へ 農産物定期便 果物や加工品、季節ごとに 信濃毎日新聞 20.6.2

 中川村の生産者らが果物や加工品を定期便で送る取り組みを企画し、1日、申し込みの受け付けを始めた。新型コロナウイルス感染拡大の影響で観光農園の集客が見込めず、これから最盛期を迎えるサクランボやブドウなどが大量に余る恐れがあるためだ。村内の四徳温泉キャンプ場が取りまとめ、連携して村の魅力を発信していく。
 同キャンプ場が感染症対策で休業していた間、県外などの常連客から「何か応援できることはないか」と声を掛けられたのが発案のきっかけ。村内で困っている生産者がいないか役場などを通じて把握し、連携を呼び掛けた。
 参加するのは5組の生産者。6月中旬はサクランボ、その後はジャムやジュースなどを用意し、9〜10月のブドウまで季節ごとの品を計5回送る。鹿肉の詰め合わせを含めたセットは30組限定で、送料込みで合計2万2千円。
 富永創治さん(36)が経営するサクランボやブルーベリーの観光農園は、例年訪れる3千人のうち9割が大型バスでの客だが、今年はツアーバスの予約はない。市場での値崩れが予想され、出荷しても厳しいとみている。富永さんは「取り組みはありがたい。一番おいしい時季に収穫して、外出自粛中の人や県出身の人に届けたい」と話す。
 企画した同キャンプ場経営会社代表の久保田雄大さん(36)は「生産者とつながりができたことがうれしい。助け合って互いの良さを引き出したい。これを機に村外に村のファンが増えるといい」と話している。問い合わせは同キャンプ場(電話0265・88・3929)へ。

 *中川村は当ブログauthorが育った松川町の隣村、母の生家がある村です。この村の農家は、世界市場を相手とする養蚕が衰退に向かうといちはやく リンゴ、ナシなどの商業的果樹農業を導入した、昔から進取の気性に富む筋金入りの「攻めの農業者」です。 →東京新聞 村挙げてTPP参加反対の長野県中川村ルポ 政府は政治の努めを果たしていない(今日の話題) 農業情報研究所 11.2.24

 

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US online grocery sales rise 24% as stores adapt to lockdown,Financiai Times,20.6.2,p.7

US online grocery shopping jumps as chains rush to add capacity,FT.com,20.6.1

Online grocery sales in the US jumped by a quarter over the past month, according to research, as retailers solved the teething problems caused by heavy demand in the early stages of the pandemic.

A Brick Meets Click/Mercatus survey suggested that 43m US shoppers placed 73.5m online grocery orders in May, at an average of $90 per order.

Sales in the period are estimated at $6.6bn, a 24 per cent increase over April — and a 450 per cent increase on the level in August last year.

It also found that household penetration for online grocery buying had risen to 33 per cent in May, up 2 per cent from April, and more than double what had been projected for this period before the impact of coronavirus.

The growth from April to May was said to have been driven by retailers expanding their capacity to handle online orders, by offering more time slots for delivery, hiring additional staff and reconfiguring stores.At Amazon-owned Whole Foods, for instance, five stores are now “dark” — closed to walk-ins but ready to fulfil online orders.

One further store, in San Francisco, has reduced its hours to focus on online customers only after 1pm each day. Other retailers have made similar moves.The demand for online shopping suggests that the inconvenience of queueing for groceries, and of reduced shopping hours, has pushed more consumers online.

“We have just leapt forward several years relative to what our expectations would be for households shopping online,” said David Bishop, from Brick Meets Click, an ecommerce consultancy. “But that is not to say it is not full of challenges.

”Despite the added capacity, customer satisfaction with online groceries appears to be lower than before the crisis began, with less than half of those surveyed in March saying they would be “extremely” or “very” likely to use the same service again over the next 30 days. ------

 

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Pandemic’s effect on food security to be reviewed,Dawn,20.6.2

Apart from reviewing Covid-19's impact on food security, think tank will also suggest measures that can be taken for cost-cutting.

ISLAMABAD: With major real sectors of economy in the red, the government has called the first meeting of the Think Tank on Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Wednesday (June 3) to review and analyse the food security situation and ponder over possible responses.

The Think Tank on Economic Impact of Covid-19 was constituted by Prime Minister Imran Khan on May 5. It has been entrusted with to focus on four key areas at the outset before moving to the long-term goals given the fact that the agriculture sector missed its output targets by big margins, it was the only sector that in fact posted a growth compared to contraction in industrial and services sectors.

The first task before the think tank is to review the overall scenario of Covid-19 in respect of food security and options for consideration. Secondly, the think tank has been asked to suggest innovative cost cutting measures. Third, the forum is required to identify and make available un-utilised or dead assets that can be disposed off to generate funds and lastly to come up with ideas and initiatives for ministries concerned, divisions and organisations for generation or enhancement of revenues.

The recommendations of the think tank would be submitted to the prime minister for some of them to be made part of the upcoming federal budget for fiscal year 2020-21 and remaining to be followed up in the medium-term.
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