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More food sources strengthens food security: Ng Ser Miang

More food sources not only mean better options for consumers, it also strengthens the country's food security. Speaking at the launch of FairPrice's inaugural Vietnam Fair, Chairman of NTUC FairPrice, Ng Ser Miang, emphasised the significance of importing foods from various sources.

SINGAPORE: More food sources not only mean better options for consumers, it also strengthens the country's food security.

Speaking at the launch of FairPrice's inaugural Vietnam Fair, Chairman of NTUC FairPrice, Ng Ser Miang, emphasised the significance of importing foods from various sources -- especially since more than 90 per cent of Singapore's food is imported.

He said: "The strength of a diversified source of supply is that in the times of crisis, you will have different sources to go to -- not just relying on one source.

"In the example of rice, seven years ago 95 per cent of our rice came from Thailand. Over the years, we now have rice coming from Vietnam and probably over time, it could come from Indonesia and from Myanmar as well."

Prior to 2007, 95 per cent of FairPrice's total rice sales was made up of Thai rice. Vietnamese rice was then imported and helped to stabilise prices -- especially when floods in Thailand threatened to increase global prices of the crop.

It is not only rice from Vietnam that can be found at the fair. Other products include noodles, dried mangoes, and coffee. New items, such as fish sauce, will be made available at the fair.

Some products will also be available for tasting.

The fair will be held at all major FairPrice outlets, Finest and Xtra stores.

Besides rice, Singapore imports a variety of food from Vietnam including spices. dragon fruit and seafood.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) said that in 2013, Vietnam made up about two per cent of Singapore's total food supply (excluding rice). 

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