A recent increase on prices of bread in some towns of Cameroon has badly affected low-income earners, especially those in the two conflict-stricken Anglophone regions of the country.
The news came like a joke for many in the Northwest and Southwest Regions who thought it was a mare rumors until recently when they could no longer have bread at its usual prices.
This situation is said to be a nuisance to many a person who mostly depended on bread owing to the devastating nature of the ongoing Anglophone separatist war.
A loof of bread that used to be sold for 300FCFA is now sold for 400FCFA, a phenomenon which many are now resisting.
The hike in bread prices has not only affected consumers, but has also slowed down the business.
According to Ignatius, a popular vendor of Kumba bread in Bamenda, the business has slowed down for the past days.
“The increase in price has caused our customers to reduce the amount of bread they consume daily. This has affected us as we end up giving back much of the stock we take,” Ignatius told TWIF NEWS.
Many say if government does not address the situation at a time when the people are plagued by a plethora of crises; the protracted Anglophone armed conflict and the deadly CORONAVIRUS pandemic, it could result in the proliferation of more crises.
Ambe Stanley, a renowned agriculturalist in Bamenda attributes the hike to increase in the price of wheat.
Ambe posted on his Facebook page that the government must step up the cultivation of wheat if it is willing to solve the challenging situation.
As economists continue to predict a possible food crisis in Cameroon, Hon. Rolande Ngo Issi of the PCRN political party says she will no longer consume bread if the prices do not return to normal.
The parliamentarian has called on the government of Cameroon to step in and moderate the price as well as also provide tangible solutions to the problem.
Some people think that the prices of basic food items such as vegetable oil have been on the rise since December 2021.
Speaking to a vendor in Bamenda, she revealed that the price of vegetable oil has increased from 1,200frs to 1,400frs.
It is hoped that the government adjusts the price hike in order to prevent a possible food crisis in the conflict-plagued Central African country.
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