The Mozambican government has rejected calls from bakers for a further increase in the price of bread.

Speaking during a visit to Moamba district, about 60 kilometres northwest of Maputo, ON mONDAY, Minister of Industry and Trade Max Tonela assured journalists that there is no price increase in the pipeline.

“We are continuing to work on managing the price of bread. The purpose of what we have been doing with the bakers is to prevent the price from rising in the near future. For now, we are not forecasting any increase,” he said.

Tonela added that in a recent meeting which the government held with those involved in making and selling bread, “we received guarantees that there is still room to maintain the current price”.

The government had worked with the Mozambican Association of Bakers (AMOPAO) and had concluded that there is still space in the market to acquire a 50-kilogramme sack of wheat flour for 1,000 meticais (about 20 US dollars, at current exchange rates), although some milling companies are selling a sack of flour for 1,290 meticais.

Tonela added that the government was also working with consumers’ associations to protect citizens by ensuring that bread was sold at the right price for the right weight. Scales are being installed to check the real weight of bread sold in bakeries.

The last price increase was in October, when bakers raised the price of their bread by between 25 and 50 per cent.

Source: NNN-AIM