Mongolia to increase wheat and powdered milk imports

2020-02-21 11:46:18

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. On February 20, the National Council for Food Safety headed by Prime Minister U.Khurelsukh convened and decided to import additional 100 thousand tons of wheat and two thousand tons of powdered milk, which are considered as food items of strategic importance. 

In connection with the nationwide heightened state of readiness due to concerns over coronavirus outbreak, the State Emergency Commission gave an order to the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Light Industry to take necessary measures to prevent from food shortages. The additional imports are a part of the steps in this regard. 

The decision makes the total wheat imports of Mongolia 160 thousand and powdered milk imports six thousand tons for 2020. 

It was estimated that 227 thousand tons of flour are required for 2020 domestic consumption, or 302 thousand tons of wheat.  

Specialized organizations also assured that there would be no flour shortage as Mongolia was able to provide 81 percent of domestic flour consumption with a total wheat harvest of 407 thousand tons in 2019. 

However, the National Council decided to comply with WHO recommendations and ensure preparedness in any situation.