Bakeries in Khartoum expected to go out of service in the coming days

The spokesperson for the Khartoum state baker’s alliance, Issam Okasha, predicts that all subsidized bakeries will go out of service in Khartoum within the coming hours.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer: Elfadil Ibrahim

The bread crisis in Sudan has returned once more after the country had been enjoying relative stability following the partial liberation of bread prices, which was now being sold as either “subsidized” or “commercial” bread.

The closure of ports and the main roads in the Red Sea state has brought the grueling bread crisis back into Khartoum and the rest of the states.

Out of Service

Issam Okasha, the speaker for the alliance of bakers in Khartoum state, predicts that most subsidized bakeries in Khartoum will go out of service within the coming hours, telling AlTaghyeer that the amount of wheat being distributed to bakeries dropped from 120 to 70 sacks.

Okasha also believes most bakeries not selling commercial priced bread will also go out of service due to the lack of commercial brand wheat in the markets. The commercial 25 kilogram wheat sack had risen in value from 7,000 SDG to 12,000 SDG.

Regarding the arrival of wheat through the Egyptian port to Sudan, Okasha stated that he has no idea regarding any wheat or grain coming through from Egypt.

He also assured that no wheat will be coming from Dongola after local mills in the area refused to share their strategic stock with Khartoum.

A source working at one of the mills, who preferred his name be withheld, revealed that the storage units are nearly empty.

The source pointed out that the continued closure of the port would make the task of producing flour more burdensome due to the significant rise in both the US dollar—Sudanese pound exchange rate and production cost.

The journey wheat takes until it reaches the bakeries begins in the city of Port Sudan, at the city’s main port.

The biggest 5 flour mills provide subsidized wheat flour through buying it via the ‘bonus system” from international corporations, most of which are Russian.

News reports have revealed that several quantities of wheat are still at the port docks and haven’t been released due to the closure.

Bread queues began to resurface again in neighborhoods and marketplaces, and some schools even had to limit the school day to morning classes only and release students back home early in order for them to have their breakfast.

The price of bread, after the unrest in east Sudan, witnessed a rise with a single piece of bread, non-subsidizied variety, going for 50 SDG.

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