Almost All Bakeries Closed in Tripoli, Syndicate Boss
Blames Exchange Rate Measures.Published On(2021-01-17 16:22:00)
Tripoli, 17 January 2021(Lana) Most bakeries in the Libyan
capital Tripoli are closed following new rules imposed by the
municipal authorities and the Food Control Centre over the making and
selling of bread, which obliged the bakers to sell bread in line with
previous prices or shut the bakeries. crowds appeared in front of the
few bakeries which remained opened amid acute shortages of bread.
The Head of the General Bakeries Syndicate Abu Khrais Mohamed
told the Libyan news agency the prices of flour were climbing,
reaching LD 210 for a kantar '100 kilos', while the Syndicate was
always sticking with the prices set by the Ministry of Economy, which
ranged between LD 138-145, indicating that the new exchange rate has
made it difficult to open letters of credit, which in turn deprived
bakers of sustainable flour stock.
He said bakers have taken a good step by continuing to sell bread
by same previous prices for two or three weeks, to allow the
authorities a chance to reach radical solutions, holding the
Municipal Authorities and the Food Control Centre fully responsible
for closing the bakeries, and forcing owners to sell by the prices
set by the Ministry of Economy.
Abu Khreis expressed concern over implications of the bread
crisis, calling on responsible bodies to provide support for the
bakers; by re-activating the Price Stabilizing Fund, so that flour
can be provided and black market speculation prevented.
Lana correspondents have noted that almost all bakeries in
Greater Tripoli were closed, while others spiked the prices to one
dinar for three loafs, citing higher flour prices.
GNA Acting Minister of Economy Farj Abu Mtari discussed Thursday
with the Head of the Bakers Syndicate Abu Khrais Mohamed work at the
bakeries and flour availability.
He stressed the importance of abiding by the Minister of Economy
decision regarding regulations of bread making and prices, which he
said should be followed by law-enforcement bodies.
Meanwhile, the head of Flour Mill Company said the company had
nothing to do with the rise of bread prices, indicating that it did
not take any measures that might lead to bread price hikes, and that
if there was one, it was proportionate and by no means could lead to
an increase in the bread prices.
The Tripoli Municipality warned bakers that it would, in
coordination with the Municipal Authority, follow up the execution of
the Ministry of Economy decisions regarding controls of making and
selling of bread, indicating that legal action would be taken against