THE National Bakers Association (NBA) has written to the Industry and International Trade ministry seeking permission to raise the price of bread from $295
The bakers claim that the baking industry is facing total collapse due to the uneconomic price they are currently forced to charge by government on bread.
The bakers want Industry and International Trade, minister, Obert Mpofu, to allow them to raise the price of bread so as to enable the bakers to continue in business.
NBA national chairman, Burombo Mudumo, confirmed before his arrest last Friday that his organisation had made representations to the government on the matter.
Mudumo said his organisation was awaiting a response from the ministry.
“We sent representations to the Ministry of Industry and International Trade to seek permission to raise the price of bread to $700,” Mudumo said.
“The reason is because the current operating environment is very uneconomic and it makes it difficult for us as bakers to continue operating,” he said.
“As bakers we buy plastic containers for bread at more than $100 and we are expected to sell a loaf of bread for $295 and we are saying this is uneconomic and unviable,” Mudumo said.
The government has in the past reacted to bread price increases by arresting bakers who they claim are overcharging. On November 7, the NBA wrote to the ministry secretary, Christian Katsande, asking to raise the price of bread to $638.
The association had written in October asking to raise the price of bread to $467.