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Increase bread size or face consequences, Aweil bakers told

Increase bread size or face consequences, Aweil bakers told
A bread sample during the meeting between town authorities and bakers in Aweil town on Thursday, September 14, 2023 | Credit | Joseph Athian/Akol Yam FM

Bakers in Aweil town, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, have been asked to increase the size of the bread or risk being shut down.

“We are monitoring you closely to see whether you will implement this order,” said Mayor Zachariah Dut.

The warning came in a meeting held between the traders and the municipal council on Thursday.

The standard weight of the round bread is 2 grams at 50 Pounds. But as of today, bread weighs 1 and half grams and it sells at 100 Pounds.

Over the months, officials say the size of the bread has been dwindling due to the soaring prices of the essential market commodities.

Even after the municipal council lowered the price of wheat flour from 57,000 Pounds to 41,000 Pounds, traders continue to maintain the weights and prices.

“Whoever fails to comply with us will face the consequences by closing down that bakery or take other necessary measures against the person,” Dut added.

For his part, Tong Mawien, chairperson of bakeries in Aweil, agreed to implement the order, saying they would increase the bread size.