Turkey could face food shortages due to coronavirus outbreak, expert says

Agriculture expert Ali Ekber Yıldırım said Turkey risks severe food shortages within a few months due to coronavirus outbreak if the government did not immediately put in place support for agriculture and livestock sectors, Deutsche Welle reported on Wednesday.

"Unfortunately, a measure that supports agriculture and livestock sectors and ensures the sustainability of production has not been announced. But agricultural production should remain uninterrupted," Yıldırım said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 19 announced a 100 billion lira ($15.4 billion) aid package which is looking to curb the effects of the virus a day after Turkey announced its first death.

The pack includes measures for the postponement of tax duties, loans and social insurance payments, as well as several incentives for Turkish businesses and citizens.

"If the citizens could not go to fields and stables and agricultural production cannot be done, a serious food problem may arise for cities," he said.