Chinese farmers watch vegetables rot as zero-Covid measures disrupt transport

Harsh Covid restrictions are forcing Chinese farmers to destroy their crops because they are unable to sell their produce, highlighting the heavy economic toll of stringent restrictions and the potential threat to food security. Local media have reported that farmers across China are struggling to sell their harvest because regional virus controls are preventing travel through many rural areas

Farmers from provinces such as Henan, Gansu, Shandong and Hebei provinces have been forced to bulldoze fields of vegetables so they can sow seeds for the next crop, according to reports.

Ruzhou city in Henan province has produced 3.5 million kilograms of spring onions, nearly 1 million kilograms of spinach and 191 million kilograms of Chinese cabbage this harvest, but locals can consume only about a tenth. Most of the rest is stuck in nearby villages because trucks cannot enter to collect the vegetables.


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