Minister of Supply and Internal Trade Ali al-Moselhy made the statement Wednesday.
The statement pointed to the continued support for the “100 million health" initiatives to eliminate the Hepatitis C and waiting lists, raising the efficiency of hospitals, and launching the presidential initiative to increase intensive care beds and nurseries.
It added that the ministry continues to distribute subsidized loaves of bread to citizens on ration cards for five piasters without any increase.
Four days ago, Egyptian Minister of Supply, Ali Moselhi, said that Egypt had contracted to buy 180,000 tons of wheat from India, which is less than what was previously agreed upon (500,000 tons).
The Ministry of Supply and Internal Trade Ali al-Moselhy stated Sunday that the government mulls mixing mashed dried white sweet potato with wheat flour.
Those are coming from four countries.
Bread is a staple at Egyptian tables of all backgrounds. Thus, there are dozens of types of bread in Egypt. In Halayen and Shalatin in far southeastern Egypt, tribes make bread for which their desert environment can cater.
The decision stipulated that the sale of the bread would be 50 piasters for a 45-gram loaf, 75 piasters for a 65-gram loaf, and at LE 1 for a 90-gram, and LE 11.5 for a kilo of packaged bread.
Violators of this decision could face a fine of LE100,000 minimum and LE5 million maximum.
Subsidized “baladi” bread, Egypt’s tradition bread, is a staple at Egyptian tables and the government has sustained enormous burden to keep it affordable in a “rare case” worldwide.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi instructed the government Tuesday to set a fixed price for the unsubsidized loaf of bread putting an end to its random increase.
Some 240 feddans have been added to the wheat-cultivating plot in Egypt as a result of vertical expansion, head of the Service Sector at the Ministry of Agriculture said Sunday.
Egyptians consume 18 million tons of wheat per annum, producing around half the quantity and importing the rest.
The aid is the third shipment of the Egyptian urgent assistance to the Sudanese people, according to the statement.
The President also emphasized on developing the system of bakeries nationwide through automating the work cycle and modernizing logistical processes with the aim of improving product quality, reducing waste, and developing service for citizens.
The Ministry will continue to cover the biggest part of the original bread price, which is 50 piasters for each loaf, it assured in a statement.
Egypt has returned 1.8 million people to its food staples subsidy program since February following earlier cuts, the supply ministry said on Tuesday.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly issued a decree on Saturday mandating the review of fuel pricing quarterly per annum based on Brent crude oil price and the exchange rate.
As per the subsidy system, the government should produce more than 11.4 billion loaves of bread monthly for about 76.4 million people who are eligible for the bread subsidy.
Sudan increased flour subsidies by 40 percent, after the reduction of subsidies this year sent bread prices higher and triggered protests.