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Ahram Online: Egypt's supply minister sets sugar price amid shortage

The ministry will continue selling subsidised sugar for EGP 5 per kg within the ration card system.
16.10.16 | Interesting article at Ahram Online

Egypt's supply ministry said on Saturday that it will set the commercial price of subsidised sugar at EGP 6 per kilogramme (kg) to be available at the ministry's sales outlets in a move that aims to regulate the market amid a price hike and a shortage of the essential commodity.

In a press conference held in the cabinet on Saturday, supply minister Mohamed Ali El-Sheikh said that his ministry will continue selling subsidised sugar for EGP 5 per kg within the ration card system, adding that the government subsidises sugar with 80-85 piasters per kg.

According to El-Sheikh, 71 million people use the government's subsidy cards to buy essential food goods.

The ministry said in a statement earlier on Saturday that the decision aims to control prices and regulate the market as well limit smuggling and price manipulation.

El-Sheikh said that the state is currently fighting the monopolising of all commodities, adding that it has intervened to provide sugar after the private sector refrained from supplying the needed quantities.

Egypt’s sugar production reached 2.2 million tonnes in 2016, around 900 000 tonnes less than consumed domestically, according to the agriculture ministry in June.