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Shortage of bread is particularly dramatic in the provinces

19.09.2007 11:22 msk

Ferghana.Ru news agency

Business Uzbekistan

Ferghana.Ru sources in Uzbekistan report that the shortage of dough and bread is particularly dramatic in the regions. There is practically no bread to be found in the stores of Nukus, the capital of Karakalpakia. Dealers meanwhile sell a loaf of bread at local marketplaces at 300 sums (about $0.25) which is 100 sums more than the price of bread reported in Tashkent.

The bread price in Samarkand spiralled in September too and reached 350 sums (against 300 sums only recently). Kazakh-made dough is still available at 1,000-1,100 (a kilogram). A loaf of bread could be had for 200 sums in Uzbekistan in early August.

Sources from Ferghana claim that the loaf that cost 200 sums in early August goes at 250 sums these days. Dough price is soaring sky high. A 50 kg sackful (first grade dough) goes for between 48,000 sums in Margilen to 55,000 sums in Ferghana. Extra grade dough costs 70,000 sums (against 40,000 sums).

Bread is one of the principal foods in Uzbekistan. Its price spiralled by 50-75% in just over a month.