A week after Sisi spoke about canceling the ration card… he raised the prices of 7 food commodities in Egypt

Cairo- In a remarkable irony, during a press conference to announce the most important achievements of his ministry; Instead of making his citizens happy, the Egyptian Minister of Supply and Internal Trade, Ali Al-Moselhi, angered the Egyptians by announcing an increase in the prices of a number of food commodities, most notably sugar.

Al-Moselhi announced – during the press conference – the increase in the price of sugar on the ration card (the basic commodity subsidy card) to become at 10.5 pounds, instead of 8.5 pounds, with an increase of two pounds, as of the beginning of the new year.

The Minister of Supply attributed the decision to increase the increase in its global price, and the high prices of buying cane from farmers, and to ensure the continuity of production and its provision, in light of the presence of sugar reserves sufficient to cover consumption for a period of 3 and a half months.

To confirm the validity of his decisions, the minister said that the decision to raise the prices of supply oil – which the ministry took last month – is in the interest of the citizen, stressing that if he had not taken a decision to raise oil prices, the Egyptians would not have found the oil, neither in the ministry’s outlets nor in the markets.

The price of “Ethiopia’s development”

As usual, the pioneers of social networking sites in Egypt mixed seriousness with humor in expressing their anger at the decision to raise the prices of food commodities, especially sugar. “.

A number of the pioneers of the communication sites denounced the talk about the citizenโ€™s ability to bear such repeated increases, wondering about the existence of salary increases corresponding to the increase in prices, while some of them linked what is happening in the price of sugar to the crisis of the Renaissance Dam – which Ethiopia is currently building and affecting Egyptโ€™s historical share in the water The Nile River – which would reduce the cultivation of water-intensive crops – such as sugar cane – to pay for what they called “Ethiopia’s development”.

On the other hand, some observers blamed the Egyptian citizen for the rise in prices, due to the continuous population increase, and his failure to absorb international changes, especially the issue of dams.

Raising the prices of 7 food commodities

Sugar is not the only commodity that will witness an increase in prices starting from next January, as the ministry decided to raise the prices of seven food commodities, in return for a decrease in the price of one commodity.

The increases vary between a quarter of a pound and 7 pounds for a number of commodities, most notably melliade, cheese, lentils and pasta, while the price of beans decreased by two pounds, to be the only commodity whose price will decrease during the decisions of next January.

renewed anger

The Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi sparked a similar wave of anger last week on the communication sites, regarding the ration cards, during the opening of a complex for the production of gasoline in Assiut Governorate (south of Cairo), after unclear statements about depriving children of the ration card, so that it is limited to the father and mother only. , while in another part he talked about this reduction for the already existing cards, which means stopping the issuance of ration cards in the future.

Despite the lack of support that Egyptian families receive from ration cards, which does not exceed 50 pounds (3.2 dollars) per person per month, with a maximum of 200 pounds per family, these families depend on it to obtain basic commodities, such as: sugar, rice, pasta, oil, flour and tea, in addition to To subsidized bread to withstand successive economic crises.

According to Reuters, Egypt’s broad subsidy program provides items such as bread, rice and sugar to more than 60 million Egyptians, with about 30% of the population falling below the government’s poverty line, and many suffering from a lack of water or sanitation.

Support cards are issued by the Ministry of Supply, and in the past, beneficiaries could routinely add individuals to support cards issued by the Ministry of Supply, if their families grew up with the birth of children.

Source : Egyptian media + The island + Social Media

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