Wheat flour scarcity causes concern

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 29 2021
News Wheat flour scarcity causes concern

By Thameenah Razeek

Sri Lanka is experiencing a wheat flour scarcity at present, causing concern for businessmen, bakery owners, and the general public.

Wheat flour prices in Pettah have risen by Rs 17 per kilo, according to traders, as supply has decreased.

Restaurant and bakery owners claim they are having difficulty obtaining wheat flour. 

“We have been attempting to contact wholesalers. However, we have yet to receive an answer,” claimed one bakery owner.

Bakery Owner’s claim that the rise in wheat flour prices has made it hard for the bakery and restaurant industries to survive. Owner’s of bakeries and restaurants expressed worry, claiming that the rise in wheat flour prices has made it impossible for the bakery and restaurant industries to survive.

Consumers are hesitant to purchase bakery products as the cost of bread and other flour-based foods has risen. This has resulted in job insecurity for the majority of the bakery industry, leaving only a handful of large-scale bakery enterprises on the island and forcing small-scale entrepreneurs to abandon the industry. 

However, Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena stated that the shortage is simply due to the pandemic afflicting the majority of the country and as a result, prices have risen, adding that the cost of cement has risen. “Iron prices have risen as well. There will be a shortage of items if manufacturing is reduced. The cost of items increase due to scarcity,” he added.

By Thameenah Razeek | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 29 2021

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