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Flour mills in Sudan’s Kordofan stop due to diesel shortages

March 30 - 2020 BABANUSA
A flour mill (creative commons)
A flour mill (creative commons)

The flour mills ceased operating in Babanusa in West Kordofan yesterday due to shortages of diesel. People in South Kordofan complain about power cuts and soaring prices. The Sudanese Consumer Protection Association has called for a temporary stop on levies imposed on basic commodities in Khartoum.

Omar El Sadig, a member of the local Millers Committee, told Radio Dabanga that the quota of diesel for each mill has ran out, which “aggravated the suffering of the residents of the town”. He appealed to the local authorities to take urgent action to secure fuel.

Residents of Kadugli, capital of South Kordofan, complained on Sunday about repeated power outages, and a surge in the prices of basic commodities.

Levies

In Khartoum, the Sudanese Consumer Protection Association called on the local authorities to scrap all levies imposed on basic commodities for at least two months, “because of the situation that the country and the world are going through due to the coronavirus”.

The association also called on providers and producers of basic goods to make sure there will be no price increases for at least two months. Waiving part of their profit margins is “showing mercy to poor consumers”, the association said.

 


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