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The biggest bread producers in Kamchatka have agreed to lower bread prices for low-income groups of the population
The biggest bread producers in Kamchatka have agreed to lower bread prices for low-income groups of the population. An agreement to this effect was reached at the negotiations held by the bread producers with representatives of the regional branch of the Party of Pensioners. Chief of the Social Welfare Department of the Petropavlovsk- Kamchatsky administration Mikhail Puchkovsky said that bread ration cards valid until the year’s end would be given to the low income groups to buy bread at the old prices of 15-17 roubles per loaf. Around 3,000 pensioners serviced by the Red Cross nurses are the first to get the bread ration cards. Other groups of the needy population will be provided with bread cards stage by stage, Puchkovsky said. "It is a half-measure only, it is necessary to bring the problem under permanent control of the authorities," Puchkovsky added. Local bread producers raised bread prices by 30 percent on the average since August 1, increasing the cost of a loaf of bread to 20-22 roubles. Bread producers explained price increases were a result of abolishment of discounts on energy tariffs and growing costs of flour delivery to Kamchatka, said Chief of the agriculture department of the local administration Gennady Serebrennikov. Nevertheless, experts who analyzed the situation declared that bread price hikes were groundless, Puchkovsky said. Local pensioners declared that they were ready to resume protest acts unless bread prices were lowered to the previous level of 15- 17 roubles per loaf. The regional branch of the Party of Pensioners has demanded that the local authorities should take effective measures to solve the problem.
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