The failure of negotiations between the ovens and the “economy”: a loaf of crisis looming on the horizon ?!

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Long hours of negotiations and talks at the Ministry of Economy and Trade did not produce any white smoke, promising a solution to the “loaf” issue. After a sit-in carried out by a number of furnace owners in front of the Ministry of Economy and Trade protesting “their inability to continue producing bread because of the high costs they bear in light of the difficult economic conditions”, a delegation of furnace owners headed by Captain Ali Ibrahim, Minister of Economy and Trade, Raoul Nema visited the presence of the director General of the Office of Grain and Beetroot commissioned Nadine Aoun, and the meeting was devoted to researching the cost of a loaf, but the two communities did not reach any positive results.

Ovens and bakeries raised the volume in the past few weeks, refusing to continue with the same price for a bundle of bread, and demanded “either to raise the bundle price specified at 1,500 pounds for 1000 grams of bread, or to reduce the weight of the bundle to 800 grams because it is unable to bear the costs, including distribution and supply without any increase in Bread bundle price. ” The meetings did not lead to any result of resolving the crisis resulting from the high cost of loaf production due to the deterioration of the currency exchange rate. This crisis led the bakeries and ovens to announce stopping the distribution of bread to all Lebanese regions in the past weeks and to keep selling it in the oven halls and not others, as of Monday morning, 20 April, at the current price and weight, to return from its decision after mediation and promises to solve the problem.

Captain Ibrahim told Al-Nahar that “bakeries cannot bear the high costs of raw materials and operating costs, in addition to the consequences of the exchange rate difference. These factors led to a rise in the cost of loaf production, which necessitated the move to demand a solution that stops the losses incurred by the bakeries.” Ovens, which also rise with the addition of the costs of delivering bread to approved stores outside bakeries and ovens in Lebanese regions, including supermarkets and commercial stores The goal of bakeries and ovens is to maintain the price of a bread bundle at 1,500 pounds, provided that its weight is reduced from 1000 grams to 800 grams, while Minister Naama He insists on keeping the same price with reducing the weight of the bundle to 900 grams, which is not acceptable, according to Ibrahim, especially given the additional costs of bread delivery. Ibrahim revealed that the cost of the current 1000 grams is 1310 pounds without calculating the profit margin, but the Ministry of Economy refused, according to Ibrahim, to hand over the union the cost that it reached to manufacture the 900 grams of bread, while confirming that what was presented does not solve the crisis of losses, especially with Continued delivery of bakeries and baking ovens to distributors at 1150 liras. Ibrahim stresses that a unified stance will go out of the general assembly of oven owners and bakeries to determine the steps that may be taken in the coming days.

Later, Minister of Economy and Trade Raoul Naama issued a decision according to which the price and weight of the news bundle was determined, according to the scientific study conducted by the ministry for the bread price index, compared to global and local variables for the prices of materials used in the loaf industry in addition to documents submitted by the owners of furnaces highlighting maintenance and other expenses on the exchange rate The dollar.

The decision included the following: A large size bundle: weighing a minimum of 900 grams at a maximum price of 1,500 liras.

Medium bundle: weighs 400 grams, at a minimum price of 1,000 pounds.

The production of Lebanese white bread is limited to the two sizes mentioned in the decision only.



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