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Sri Lanka reports Wheat Flour Shortage; Wholesale price up by Rs. 17/- per kilo

Sri Lanka is reporting a wheat flour shortage from multiple areas. Traders, bakery owners, and the people are complaining of a shortage of wheat flour at present.

Traders in Pettah say wheat flour prices were increased by 17 rupees a kilo as the supply has dropped.

Owners of eateries and bakeries say they are facing difficulties in buying wheat flour to prepare food.

“We have been trying to contact the distributors. But we haven’t received a response,” said one bakery owner.

However, Sri Lanka’s Trade Minister Bandula Gunawardena said the shortage experienced is merely due to the pandemic affecting most country, and as a result the prices increase.

“The cost of cement has increased. So has the price of iron. If production reduces there will be a shortage of goods. The cost of goods increase because of the shortage,” he explained.

 

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