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    Tuesday, 4 September 2018

    Gweru bakeries face critical flour shortages

    ELIZABETH MASHIRI
    MIDLANDS BUREAU

    GWERU – Some bakeries in Gweru and the Midlands Province are said to have closed down because of critical flour shortages.
    Mboora Tenclus who is the regional manager of the Bakeries Association Southern Region confirmed the shortages in an interview with The Mirror recently and added that flour supplies were already being rationed.
    He also said that the situation was so bad that the Government has since issued some of the bakeries with import licences for flower. The problem has been going on for the last two months and a survey by The Mirror shows that some workers are  being laid off.
    The bakeries get their flour supplies from Blue Ribbon, National Foods and Gain.
    "There is a short supply of flour and we have engaged the Ministry of Industry and Commerce on the matter. We have members who have closed shop because they have had no supplies for two months.
    "Following our engagement, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce has assured us that there will be enough flour in due course. Some of our members have since been issued with import licences for flour," said Mboora
    "At normal production we buy 600 by 50kg bags of flour a month but we are now getting 100 month. This means that we have no business so we have reduced working hours from eight to two a day. Some of our workers have been forced to stay home," said one bakery owner on condition of anonymity.
    Some bakeries that supply big institutions like schools and hospitals are only focusing on bread production. They have stopped baking  pies, cakes and buns.

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