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Sudan to make inventory of strategic goods in the country

March 26 - 2020 KHARTOUM
(File photo)
(File photo)

The Federal Ministry of Industry and Trade has called on producers and importers of strategic goods to submit a detailed overview of their stocks within 72 hours.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ministry specified nine commodities: Flour, cooking oil, milk, tea, fava beans, rice, lentils, and soap.

The new directive is part of measures taken by the government to secure the country’s need for strategic commodity stocks.

After years of corruption and embezzlement by the ousted government of Omar Al Bashir have led to a dire economic crisis. In July 2018, Radio Dabanga reported that thousands of Sudanese school children do not enjoy breakfast anymore, as their parents could not afford it anymore. In August last year, a teacher in Khartoum said that “It has become almost impossible for those with limited incomes to provide for their families' daily needs”.

About 9.3 million people in the country -nearly one in four- will need assistance in 2020, of whom five million are targeted to receive humanitarian assistance, the UN stated in December. Malnutrition rates are high across the country – some 2.4 million children are acutely malnourished.

 


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