After the outbreak of the coronavirus infection epidemic, the export of cereals, onions and garlic was banned in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Space in order to “stabilize the economic situation.”
On March 31, the countries of the Eurasian Economic Area decided to ban the export of a number of products from the Union for three months – onions, garlic, buckwheat, rice, millet, wholemeal flour, sunflower seeds, beans, etc. This decision was made as part of the fight against coronavirus, said website of the Eurasian Economic Commission.
“The introduction of the ban will provide the population with a sufficient amount of such goods during an aggravation of the sanitary-epidemiological situation,” the commission said.
By a separate decree of March 31, the Government of Belarus introduced a three-month moratorium on the export of onions, garlic and buckwheat.
“The list of goods for which a temporary ban is introduced includes buckwheat, buckwheat, onion sets, onions and garlic. These goods are forbidden to be exported regardless of their country of origin,” the document says.
In a number of post-Soviet countries, after the start of the spread of coronavirus, there was a rush of demand for cereals, onions and garlic. The World Health Organization noted that garlic is useful, but it will not cure coronavirus infection.
The EAEU includes Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.
An outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus infection began in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. March 11, 2020 WHO announced the distribution coronavirus pandemic.