The explosion of new cases of covid-19 has left Chinese citizens panicked and terrified.
Before locking themselves in the house, Chinese citizens buy food in supermarkets to stock up at home.
Many Chinese citizens buy this groceries also at the behest of the Chinese government.
The explosion of covid-19 cases in the country is exacerbated by the unusually heavy rain weather.
Many supermarkets are crowded with people who buy their daily food supplies.
As a result, the price of vegetables and food soared.
Other problems arise. Most feared in the midst of the covid-19 explosion, they are threatened with a shortage of food supplies.
Apparently, the situation is exacerbated by conditions between China and Taiwan, making residents rush to stockpile rice, cooking oil, and salt.
"As soon as this news came out, all the parents near me went crazy for panic buying in the supermarket," wrote one user on China's Twitter-like Weibo.
Local media also recently published a list of items recommended for keeping at home including biscuits and instant noodles, vitamins, radios and flashlights.
The public response forced state media on Tuesday to try to calm fears and clarify the ministry's statement.
China's Communist Party newspaper, The Economic Daily, urged netizens not to have an "overactive imagination".
The purpose of the directive is to ensure residents are not caught off guard in the event of a lockdown in their area.
The People's Daily said the ministry issues such notices every year, but had issued its instructions earlier this year due to natural disasters, a surge in vegetable prices and a recent increase in COVID-19 cases.
The ministry's statement late on Monday urged local authorities to do a good job in ensuring stable supply and prices, and to provide early warning of any supply problems.
Conditions are exacerbated when there is extreme weather, and the Chinese government is used to making efforts to increase the supply of fresh vegetables and pork before the Lunar New Year which falls in early February 2022 tomorrow.
But this year, the effort became more urgent after extreme weather in early October devastated crops in Shandong - the country's largest vegetable-producing region - and as an outbreak of COVID-19 cases stretching from the northwest to the northeast of the country threatened to disrupt food supplies.
Last week, the vegetable price index in Shouguang, a trading hub in Shandong, showed that the price of cucumbers, spinach and broccoli in China more than doubled from early October.
Spinach is more expensive than some pieces of pork for 16.67 yuan ($2.60) per kg.
Although prices have declined in recent days, economists expect a significant year-on-year rise in consumer price inflation for October.
This is the first in five months.
The pandemic has brought an increased focus on food security, with the Chinese government drafting food security laws and outlining new efforts to curb food waste.
The commerce ministry said local authorities should buy vegetables that can be stored well in advance and also strengthen emergency delivery networks.
China also plans to release vegetable reserves "at the appropriate time" to counter rising prices, state TV reported late on Monday.
It's unclear what vegetables China keeps and how big the reserves are.
The state planning agency has called for timely replanting of vegetables, urging local governments to support fast-growing products, according to the report.
Agriculture ministry data shows China has about 100 million mu (6.7 million hectares) of vegetable-grown land.