By Adama Tine
The Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and Employment (MoTIE) on Friday announced that the shortage in flour which culminated in the scarcity of bread in the country was due to shortage of production encountered simultaneously by the two producer companies of the product operating in the country.
The two companies, according to the ministry are GMC Corporation and Nessim Company Limited.
“In the case of Nessim, it was due to lack of power supply from the National Water and Electricity Company (NAWEC), compounded by faulty generators. As for Gambia Milling Cooperation (GMC), it was due to power supply issues and a delay in receiving wheat supplies due to freight issues. The ship carrying the stock for GMC is expected to arrive in Banjul on 26th January 2022”, the ministry said.
Seedy Keita, an official of the Ministry said the flour sector is supported through a range of incentives for industrialization in the country to ensure long term economic growth hence there are only two flour milling companies in the country.
“The power issues are now resolved and production has started. Flour supplies are now flowing and bakers should have adequate supply of flour,”, he added.
The Ministry assured the continuation of engagements with NESSIM and GMC on flour price issues with a view to minimize increments and a similar engagement with bakers to avoid a recurrence and the escalation of prices.
Bread scarcity has become a national issue as the whole country experiences its shortage.