5/23/2023–|Last updated: 5/23/202303:23 AM (Mecca time)
Tunisian President Qais Saeed accused lobbies and parties (whom he did not name) of being behind the crisis of lack of bread and other basic foodstuffs.
In a video speech broadcast by the Tunisian presidency on its Facebook page, yesterday, Monday, Saeed said during a visit to the headquarters of the Ministry of Agriculture, in which he met with Minister Abdel Moneim Balati and a number of officials, that bread for the citizen and basic materials must be available.
He added that the Ministry of Agriculture (Agriculture), the Grain Board (governmental) and all concerned departments in the state must confront those he described as monopolists and tampering with the livelihood of Tunisians.
Saeed stressed that officials in the Tunisian administrations “must be disciplined by the principle of life and the principle of the public interest, and not to serve other parties and parties that do not appear in the picture (..)”, and added, “We know them by names and we will not be silent about starving the Tunisian people,” as he put it.
And he considered that the aim of these successive crises is to “ignite society for clear political ends, and the people and those loyal to the homeland should pay attention to that,” he said.
A few days ago, Tunisian bakeries witnessed a shortage in the supply of white flour, which caused disruption and fluctuation in the production of bread, which Tunisians depend on for their meals and food. Long lines lined up in front of many bakeries in search of missing bread, while some bakeries closed their doors due to the depletion of flour.
For his part, Minister Balatti said during the meeting that efforts are concerted between the Ministry and the Grain Office, so that the grain does not leak into the unofficial distribution channels, and the situation does not worsen and the crisis becomes more severe.
Since 2021, grain production has declined in Tunisia for climatic reasons, and its repercussions spread after a few months to the local markets, in terms of the lack of reassuring quantities of durum wheat used in bread production.
Because of the financial crisis in the country, Tunisia has become unable to pay its dues to suppliers, which has created a shortage of some basic materials in the Tunisian market at different times.