Bakery owners in Khartoum say bread prices may increase

An assembly of bakery owners in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, said that they had no choice but to increase bread prices given the multiple crises they face.

AlTaghyeer: Khartoum: Elfadil Ibrahim

An assembly of bakery owners in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, revealed that a number of bakeries had stopped operating due to the current gas crisis.

The official spokesman for the assembly, Issam Okasha, expected a rise in bread prices, especially in light of the indications of an increase in flour prices after the depreciation of the national currency against foreign currency, and the expected crisis in the flour commodity.

Sudan has been going through a dangerous economic downturn ever since the October 25 coup, the loss of external support, and the passing of a budget that depends on unrealistic self-resources.

Gas Crisis

The spokesman for the Association of Bakeries Owners confirmed to AlTaghyeer that a number of bakeries had stopped working, and noted that there was a problem in gas supply to bakeries in the state, particularly the Khartoum locality.

He described the situation as “chaotic” in terms of distribution, and said that “there is no party to ask about the reason why companies do not distribute gas sufficiently!”

“We don’t know what the problem is… Is there no gas at all, or is there another problem?,” he said.

Gas prices have become remunerative for companies after a liter of bakery gas rose from 8 pounds to 65 pounds.

Price Increase

Okasha expected the price of bread to rise, especially in light of the indications of an increase in flour prices after the decline of the Sudanese pound against the dollar, and the flour crisis that swept the world after the Russian-Ukrainian war.

“Now, Egyptian flour is available in the market at a price of 10,000 pounds per sack, after it was only 7,000 pounds,” Okasha said.

“If the current situation continues, we will be forced to raise prices,” he said.

He expected that the price would reach “50” pounds for a piece of bread in all bakeries, instead of “30” pounds.

Okasha revealed the decline in purchase quantities due to difficult living situation, some of whom resorted to alternatives after the price hike, which means that the damage will befall “citizens and bakery owners.”

Sudan consumes about 2.5 million tons of wheat annually, a quarter, 500 thousand tons, comes from local markets, and consumes more than “100” sacks daily, with 45,000 sacks in Khartoum state alone and the remaining 55 thousand sacks in other states.

The World Trade Organization had recently warned of a rise in wheat prices globally as a result of the repercussions of the Russian war in Ukraine and its impact on global stock exchanges after the ports were closed.

The Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Ngozi Okonjo-Oyala, stressed that the war in Ukraine will have major repercussions on the prices of wheat, of which Russia is the largest exporter in the world and Ukraine is the fifth exporter in the world.

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