Pune: Following the hike in other grocery items, it seems people will have to empty their pockets for purchasing bakery products made from maida (wheat flour) as well, as the prices of bread and other bakery products have gone up by 10 per cent. Now, the slab of Pav will cost Rs 12 instead of Rs 10. Due to a sharp increase in raw material like wheat flour and sugar, the bakery owners claimed that they are forced to hike the prices of bread, toast, pav, khari and other made from maida
(white flour) soon.
While speaking about it, Ramesh Mago, President of all India Bakers’ Association told Sakal Times that from the last three years the rates of the flour have not increased. Earlier, the Food Corporation of India (FCI) used to buy per quintal of wheat at Rs 1,800 from the farmers and now, they are currently buying the same at Rs 2,000. Along with that, diesel and packaging prices has also increased leading to hike in bakery products made from maida (wheat flour) like bread, pav, toast, khari, naan, cakes and other such items.
Mago also said, “Along with the prices of wheat, the rate of sugar has also increased. Earlier it was Rs 2,700 per quintal and now the rate has shot up to Rs 3,700. Also, the prices of diesel, transport cost, miller cost, packaging cost have also increased which will be soon leading to an increase in prices of items made from maida.”
Nasir Ansari, Vice President of Pune Bakery Association, said, “The price of one slab of pav from August 1 has increased from Rs 10 to Rs 12. Similarly, the prices of bread, khari, toast, cake and naan will also increase by 10 to 15 per cent in this coming week. Currently, we are unable to give clear details about the expected prices of these bakery products.”
“The retail rate of maida three years back was Rs 18 to 20 per kg and currently it is Rs 28 per kg. This retail rate for the purchase of maida will also increase soon. Also, we have to shell out more on packaging bags as the State government has levied a rule that the packaging bags should be more than 50 microns,” Nasir said.
Nasir also shared that for a week people might not purchase these products or they might purchase at less quantities, but after some weeks they will have no options left but to purchase in the rates applied to them in the retail market. “Even we are helpless,” he added.