The head of the Syndicate of Bread Manufacturers in Lebanon, Antoine Seif, explained that the crisis was due to the cessation of a number of mills and the advent of the festive period without securing stocks for bakeries.
Seif said vai an interview with “Voice of Lebanon” radio: “The stock of wheat is insufficient, and some mills have enough stock for a week, while others are sufficient for days. The bakeries do not operate in full production due to the lack of sufficient flour to produce bread,” adding: “The minister promised us that quantities would arrive via ships, We hope that it will arrive on time, and money will be transferred so products will be subjected to laboratory analyzes.”
It is noteworthy that the head of the Lebanese Bread Industry Syndicate, Tony Seif, previously announced that “the bread crisis will end within the next 24 or 48 hours at the latest.”
Seif revealed that “the mills are closed for the first time for 5 consecutive days during the holidays, which exacerbated the loaf crisis,” and announced that “the mills have resumed production as of this morning, and they have started producing flour and it will be distributed to the bakeries completely.”
Seif explained that “these subsidized quantities will be distributed on all Lebanese territories, and they are sufficient for 15 days.” Seif also indicated that “there are shipments of wheat on their way to Lebanon, and they have been contracted at the subsidized price.”