Bread scarcity hits Kaduna, Katsina, Kano

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It is a tale of woes as an acute scarcity of one of Nigerians’ most popular staple foods, bread, has hit Kaduna, Katsina and Kano States.

 

Checks by the Correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) revealed that the most-favoured staple was now as scarce as petrol or the highly-prized precious metal, Gold.

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It was observed that whereas the commodity was very hard to come by, its prices have hit the roof.

Many of the residents could no longer afford their darling food, as such had turned to other not-too-cheap alternatives like noodles, millet porridge and bean cake, as well as bread and beans, among others.

 

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The prices of the commodity have also been increased by between 20 to 40 per cent.

Many shop owners and consumers have vehemently lamented the obnoxious development, appealing for an urgent action to redress the ugly trend.

One of the bakers told NAN in Kaduna, “”It is not that we are on strike, but we have had to stop production since 1st July, 2024.

 

“This unfortunate development was necessitated by the scarcity of wheat flour and its high cost, as well as sugar, oil and other additives.

 

“For instance, in June, we were buying a 50kg bag of flour for between N53,000 to N55,000, but it has now regrettably skyrocketed to between N67,000 to N70,000.

“How can we produce bread and also break even under this precarious situation?, “he told NAN anonymously

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