Tamale bakers declare strike over 25 percent flour price increment

Tamale bakers declare strike over 25 percent flour price increment

Unhappy bakers in the Northern Regional capital, Tamale, have declared strike over flour price hikes.

Tamale consumers of bread, cakes and other products made from flour would have to desensitize their taste buds for a shortage of the products as bakers in the area protest the rising cost of flour.

The Bakers Association of the Northern Region indicated that they are unable to keep up with the rising cost of flour in the country.

The bakers say they will be protesting the price hike to generate attention to the issue.

YEN.com.gh had earlier sighted a notice which reads, “All bakeries and mixing centers are to note that from Monday, April 29 and Tuesday 30th of April, will be striking days and for that matter, no bakery or mixing center should operate. Failure to comply with this directive will come with severe consequences.”

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In a space of three weeks, the price of flour had increased by about 25%, an executive member of the Association disclosed to YEN.com.gh

She said the increased cost of sugar and other raw materials have also resulted in an increase in the cost of production.

Within two weeks or three weeks, there has been 25% increment in prices of bread flour. Sugar has also been increased from GHc130 to GHc190. Now everything about bread has been increased and that has called for the strike. So we intend to also increase the prices of our products after the strike.”

By this order, bread producers are not permitted to produce bread which will result in a likely bread shortage in the region.

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Some bakers confirmed that some of the mixing centres have been locked.

A consumer, Osman Musah, disclosed that he had to stalk up bread than usual because of the strike to make sure there is enough supply for his household until the strike is called off.

For me I’m used to taking tea in the morning, so if there is no bread, it will affect me. If they increase the price, we certainly will have no option than to buy.”

Other consumers said the price of bread at the usual vending point had increased from GHc 3 to GHc 5.

The strike is expected to end on May 1, 2019.

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Mohammed Abubakari, a resident of Kpalisi, Tamale, also says the strike “will affect [him], because if they don’t produce how will those who are going to buy to use it for their own consumption eat?”

“I bought plenty. I bought more than what I used to buy for a day so that it will serve for two or three days,” he added.

Ashanti: Bread prices go up

Bread bakers and sellers in the Ashanti Region announced a 10% increase in the price of bread and other flour-based products last month.

Members of the Flour Users Association in the region said the increase was because the price of flour had gone up hugely.

They said a bag of flour which was sold to them by flour millers at the cost of GHc 120 had now increased to GHc 160.

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Source: Yen Newspaper

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