Bakers affiliated with the Premium Breadmakers Association of Nigeria have announced that production of their products will cease on Thursday.
According to a statement signed by the association’s President, Emmanuel Onuorah, managing a bakery in Nigeria has become nearly difficult due to the industry’s negative impact from rising baking material and diesel prices.
According to Onuorah, bakeries were losing money and the situation was no longer sustainable.
Bread, he claims, is a staple food and one of the cheapest ‘grab and go’ foods available to both the poor and the privileged. “It, therefore, behoves the Federal Government to be mindful of this and ensure the survival and sustainability of the industry,” he said.
The statement read in part, “In a move to ensure the survival of the premium bread-making industry in Nigeria, we have decided to embark on a withdrawal of services beginning from Thursday 21st of July, 2022 for four days in the first instance and where there is no intervention from the government, we shall escalate the duration of the withdrawal.”
“The reasons for the withdrawal of services included an incessant increase in the price of baking materials, Federal Government’s 15 per cent wheat development levy on wheat import, NAFDAC’s N154,000 penalty charged for late renewal of certificates, the inability of its members to access grants and soft loans being given by the Central Bank of Nigeria to Micro, Small and Medium-Scale Enterprises and multi-agencies regulation of the bread-making industry.”