Food crisis of unprecedented proportions in Central Asia
Experts say that bread prices in post-Soviet Central Asia are soaring sky-high because of the dough price spiral in Kazakhstan and Russia. Bread prices in Tajikistan are already six times what they were this July. The Tajik Cabinet set up a special commission to consider the situation. No wonder, since more than 60% of what dough and grain Tajikistan needs are exported from Russia and Kazakhstan.
Local experts claim that prices will continue soaring. Tajik population is not rioting yet, but protest actions are already reported in Uzbekistan nearby (Ferghana, Andijan, Namangan regions).
Neither was Kyrgyzstan spared the crisis and its consequences. Kyrgyz experts pin the blame on the price spiral in the international markets and nearby foreign countries. A ton of wheat already costs $220-230 in Kazakhstan - against $160-170 not long ago.
Dough in Kazakhstan costs $180 nowadays, against the recent $150.
Novye Izvestia, September 17, 2007, p. 4 © Translated by Ferghana.Ru.