Wheat flour crisis will be solved within two weeks - Trade Minister | Daily News

Wheat flour crisis will be solved within two weeks - Trade Minister

The Government yesterday assured that the existing wheat flour crisis will be completely solved within the next two weeks and provide the consumers with bread at a very convenient price.

Speaking to the Daily News, Trade Minister Nalin Fernando said the country’s main wheat flour manufacturers Prema Ceylon Ltd and Seven-Star assured that they had never increased the price of wheat flour and the current flour shortage had been caused due to the low production of wheat flour.

Minister Fernando said the current dollar issue is the main cause for the flour crisis and ensured that bakery owners and consumers will be provided with adequate wheat flour within this said period.

The Minister also said that the flour shortage will be further aggravated since India has temporarily stopped exporting wheat flour due to various reasons.

Meanwhile, the All Ceylon Bakery Owners Association (ACBOA) President N.K.Jayawardana assured that no traders in the country currently sell a 450 gram loaf of bread at Rs.300 and his Association is expected to announce the actual price of a loaf of bread after getting a clear assurance from the main wheat flour manufacturers about the wheat flour prices.

He further said the two companies have assured that flour will be provided at Rs.13,500 a 50 kilo bag and some bakery owners are currently purchasing imported flour from the open market in Pettah by paying Rs.20,000 for a 50 kg bag.

The ACBOA President also highlighted the urgent need of reducing wheat flour prices considering the plight of the down trodden community especially in the plantation, fisheries and the construction sectors as these vulnerable groups are still using only flour based products as their staple food.

He further said the existing flour prices are unbearable to all sectors and it is the Government’s duty to listen to the association’s requests of reducing the price of flour immediately.

He said the price hike of bakery ingredients has also badly affected bakery owners who produce various other flour based products.

Jayawardana said in addition, the prices of margarine, yeast and eggs that are used to manufacture bakery products have also been increased to the maximum.

 


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