Czechia’s current emergency food reserves would last for 1.3 days

The Czech Republic has 13 million daily rations of food stored in its warehouses for emergency situations, which would cover about 1.3 days of consumption, the chairman of the State Material Reserves Administration (SSHR) Pavel Švagr said in a debate programme on Czech Television on Sunday.

To increase the food supply to last for 15 days would cost up to CZK 12 billion. The Agriculture Ministry is currently proposing to increase the budget of the organisation managing the state reserves by half a billion crowns.

Under the current law, all material reserves must be owned by the state. Under a newly proposed system, the SSHR would book the necessary commodity with the supplier and buy it only in the event of a crisis.

Author: Ruth Fraňková