6 November 2012

Gambia: Bakers Announce Increment of 'Tapalapa' Price

Bakers of the locally made bread known to many as 'Tapalapa', on Saturday announced an increment of this highly consumed bread effective Monday, November 12th 2012.

The producers that formed the Tapalapa Bakers Association of The Gambia (TBAG) met on Saturday at Tallinding Bantaba in the Kanifing Municipality to agree on the new price of D6 per loaf. They have also agreed to peg the new price for a dozen of three loaves of bread to D12.50 in bakeries.

The president of the Tapalapa Association, Boydo Kandeh defended their move, saying it is reasonable, given the increase in the prices of flour, electricity and water tariffs, as well as firewood and salt, amongst others.

He however hastened to state that their intention is to satisfy the customers; hence the reason they (the producers) added only 50 bututs, so as the retailer can make it D6.00.

He used the opportunity to disclose that 25 percent of bakeries in The Gambia are now closed as a result of the high cost of flour and other materials.

A consumer group representative at the meeting, Baboucarr Sarr, urged the bakers not to compromise the quality of the bread, while strongly urging some of them to desist from illegal pricing of bread in the shops, as it was the case in 2005 when some bakeries failed to play by the laid down rules. Thus, he challenged the producers to make sure that the new increment commensurates with the gram of the bread they are making.

Sarr finally warned that it must not be sold more than the new set price.

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