COVID-19 Spreading Through TAPMC 北農已134人染疫 陳吉仲:不讓北農休市

At least 40 percent of those working at Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Corporation have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung promised that  operations won't be halted.


There are still many trucks waiting outside to unload products going up for auction. Almost 40 percent of workers including numerous auctioneers at Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co.'s First Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market recently tested positive. The Taipei City Market Administration Office said operations are severely affected. No auctioneers at the Second Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market have yet tested positive. Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung promised the markets will continue operating.

Hsieh Yi-fong, Legislator (KMT): “The first market won't close. ”
Chen Chi-chung, Agriculture Minister:: “Of course it can't close. It can't close. It (Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co.) is right now contacting some retired auctioneers. It's also contacting people who used to work there to respond to this situation.”

The Council of Agriculture encouraged the use of pre-orders so that produce can be delivered directly to sellers. The first and second markets currently handle the auctioning of 60 percent and 40 percent of produce, respectively. Chen said 10 percent of the first market's volume will be shifted to the second market. The auction time will also be prolonged.

Chen Chi-chung, Agriculture Minister: “The auction area at Taipei Agricultural Products Marketing Co.'s first market has about 30 to 40 tables for holding products to be auctioned. Each can hold one to two types of products. Right now we're auctioning three to four product types per table, so we are adjusting the auction time. In other words, we're extending TAPMC's business hours.”

The transaction volume on April 26 was 1,713 tons. Compared to one week earlier, the price per kilo dropped by NT$5.2. The office said this is not considered abnormal. As for the close contacts of the confirmed cases, the COA said it will coordinate with the Taipei City Government to apply to the Central Epidemic Command Center to replace quarantine with rapid tests because wholesale produce markets are considered important infrastructure.

 

 

台北農產運銷公司第一果菜批發市場,有卡車排隊等著進場拍賣,但有拍賣員跟員工確診,其中光確診員工,就佔了一市近4成。北市市場處坦言,對營運影響非常大,相對來說,第2市場目前尚無拍賣員確診,農委會主委陳吉仲,上午表示北農絕對不能休市。

國民黨立委謝衣鳳再三確認第一果菜批發市場不會休市,農委會主委陳吉仲表示:「當然不能休市,絕對不能休市,它(北農)現在也在號召一些,以前退休的拍賣員,或者是有曾經這邊工作過的,來做機動的調整。」

因應此波疫情,農委會表示鼓勵透過預約交易,蔬果直接運送給通路業者,另外針對一市與二市的拍賣量分別是6成跟4成,主委陳吉仲指出,會把一市1成的到貨量,移到二市來交易,也會延長拍賣時間。

農委會主委陳吉仲指出:「北農一市的拍賣台,它大概有三十四個拍賣台,每一個拍賣台本來拍賣一到兩個品項,我們現在大概拍賣三到四個品項,所以我們適當的調度拍賣的時間,也就是讓北農的營業的時間再拉長。」

26號週二蔬菜交易量1713公噸,與上週二相比,每公斤下跌5.2元,北市市場處認為尚無明顯異常波動情形。至於北農確診者的密切接觸者,農委會表示會跟北市府,一起向指揮中心申請,讓北農員工比照醫事人員,採以篩代隔的措施,因為農產品批發市場也是國家重要的基礎設施。
 

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