By Libya Herald reporter.
Malta, 2 February 2015:
The Libyan government of Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni has been forced to dig into the . . .[restrict]country’s strategic reserves of flour in order to alleviate the bread shortage in eastern Libya.
In a statement released today, the Ministry of Economy and Industry said that it assures the public that the bread shortage problem has been resolved.
The statement said that 200,000 bags of flour will be distributed this week. It also assured the public that the state has large amounts of wheat in storage.
It will be recalled that Libya’s bakeries are supplied with state subsidized flour to make bread.
A standard Libyan baguette, for example, costs LD 0.05. A similar sized baguette would cost LD 0.80 in the UK.
There are currently no serious bread shortages in western Libya, with very short term shortages caused by electricity cuts.
On another note, the statement also assured that it is making efforts to pay the state’s accumulated debts over the last 14 months owed to grain mills. [/restrict]