Following the increase in the price of wheat flour, the All Ceylon Bakery Owner's Association (ACBOA) had decided to increase the price of a loaf of bread by Rs.5 from midnight today.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, ACBOA President N.K. Jayawardena said since Saturday (16) midnight, the price of a kilo of wheat flour had increased by Rs.8 and no responsible authority stood against the flour milling companies.
"We have waited for four days for the government decision."
"70 per cent of the bakery owners run on a daily basis. They are used to buying wheat flour stocks sufficient for daily bakery products and recover the cost by selling them. after increasing the wheat flour price, we were unable to bear the cost," he said.
"Finally, the ACBOA had decided to increase the bread price by Rs.5 from midnight today," he said.
"We request the new government to interference with the wheat flour price increase and to provide relief to the bakery owners and the consumers," Mr. Jayawardena added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)