Bread is in short supply as bakeries ask for US dollars
BREAD is rare in some parts of the country as some bakeries require payment in US dollars only.
Owners of Tuckshop in Harare told NewsDay Weekender yesterday that they are struggling to find enough bread suppliers from bakeries, who only want US dollars for bread orders.
But the national chairman of the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ), Tafadzwa Musarara, said there was no reason for the country to experience bread shortages. “The wheat situation in the country is stable and adequate,” Musarara said.
Zimbabwe Retailers Confederation chairman Denford Mutashu said consumers and retailers should boycott companies that only charge US dollars for bread.
“The retail sector and consumers do not have the ability to pay for bread in US dollars when earning local currency. Bread should continue to be accessible in all currencies,” he said. he declares.
“CZR is engaging GMAZ and the National Bakers Association of Zimbabwe (NBAZ) on the matter. Bread is an essential commodity and once it is sold in US Dollars for whatever reason, the entire economy will follow and become dollarized.”
National Consumer Rights Association spokesperson Effie Ncube said: “Bakeries are now following the government’s lead in allowing the Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) to charge examination fees in dollars. Americans. It’s no surprise that some bakeries now charge US$ for bread.”
NBAZ President Dennis Wallah told NewsDay Weekender he was locked in a long meeting and could not comment.