New Zealand growers have been heard to say they're being forced to dump their veggie crop because most of the retailers they supply have been closed. The level 4 alert means they can't supply restaurants and cafes either, and they say they're "facing devastation". But the government is unwilling to budge.
Amid the current crisis, closed-up vegetable shops are making it much harder for New Zealanders to get their much-needed five-plus-a-day.
"Let's start a process where we gradually open some of these outlets so that the fruit and veggies being grown by New Zealanders can be sold to New Zealanders to keep them healthy," Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Mike Chapman says.
The vegetable stores supply up to 30 percent of the country's supply and say that part of the food supply chain is facing devastation. However, the Prime Minister is adamant they remain shut, instead suggesting they contact already-open essential businesses. "We don't want to see food go to waste, not when there is so much need and not when there's demand," Jacinda Ardern said.