Stop the `Flour Monster` in its tracks!

  • 27 Dec 2007 09:19:10 GMT

    Let us all boycott prima flour. Let`s eat rice flour and rice flour bread. Let`s eat nothing but rice. Finish. End of the story.

    This country needs leaders like me.

  • 27 Dec 2007 11:09:05 GMT

    RaigamK...[This country needs leaders like me]

    yes dear......correct...

    but be careful, you, as a leader, shouldn`t take the nation to a `Hal Polla & Miris Polla` era we witnessed in Srimawo time (1971).....we have to be wel-prepared to start that boycott you are calling for...

    by starting using all rice products, demand for rice will increase and the price accordingly go up day by day.....finally, the poor will have to die in hunger....

    self-sufficiency is very important to a country......India reached that point.....but to reach that point, we need a good plan with a well-organized system (run by faithful & honest leaders....not the type we have..)

  • 27 Dec 2007 11:28:01 GMT

    [by starting using all rice products, demand for rice will increase and the price accordingly go up day by day.....finally, [the poor will have to die in hunger.]... ]

    That is happening right now. Majority of slankan families live on one-meal-per-day. Thousands are dying of hunger. But we spend billions on bombs and weapons. Thanks to chintanaya.

  • 27 Dec 2007 12:14:16 GMT

    Yes RaigamK.......

    [Thousands are dying of hunger. But we spend billions on bombs and weapons. Thanks to chintanaya]

    you are 99% correct....

    you forgot Samagama looting and Jumbo cabinet....then it`ll be 100%...

  • 27 Dec 2007 14:10:42 GMT

    Raigamakolla,Ramz.

    We can`t blame Prima for price rises and some of the valid reasons are given above by ramz and I will add to it, as it was my first job in UK over 40 years ago was in flour technology employed in a reputable company of several flour mills in UK and in Europe and I passed most academic education on this subject in London.

    In addition to what has been mentioned,with respect to it`s costs,I must mention the cost of mechanical energy used,on rollers,sifters,aspirators where the ultimate power is Elecric which is adding to it`s cost.There is also the huge manpower needed to maintain the equipment and we used the weekends to strip the machines and clean the sifters etc.These very costs made this company go to the ground.It is a very complicate process and from the bread I ate recently in SL,our flour is world class due to the fine flour made by Prima and with all these problems,I am surprised that Prima could pay the state taxes with their profits.I personally knew one of their directors,one Dr Lim and he is a decent man and doubt it that he is the type that will give bribes.May be like the Srilankan some will be tempted to play politics with this well run company company down.We should subsidize the price of bread to the people by re exporting the Prima flour to wealthy countries,perhaps that was Prima`s original intention and honestly doubt they could give flour or bread any cheaply.

  • 28 Dec 2007 04:23:51 GMT

    Justman, thanks. That is the reality. With the cost of production going up and the raw wheat prices going up, there is nothing Prima can do.

  • 28 Dec 2007 05:07:34 GMT

    I am living overseas for 25 years where the price of bread has not change since.

    It`s simply not the case of worldwide issues../

    GOSL is not prepared for any situation.. with no clear economical plans and wreaking currency Lankans will never ever survive this inflation.

    Prima is not to blame fully but past legislators have given monopoly to Prima which is not practical.

  • 28 Dec 2007 05:44:16 GMT

    [I am living overseas for 25 years where the price of bread has not change since]

    Same here and the quality of bread is far far superior to what you get in Slanka.

  • 28 Dec 2007 10:11:52 GMT

    I am sure that there`s isn`t enough demand in SL for Prima to produce more flour,unless government subsidize the costs and export the finished flour,just as China and India does.Sadly we have the same problem with the sugar industry.These two items are essential to our poor consumers and to keep the prices down,government should give these companies a tax rebate and a fuel subsidy and that`s the way it is done in Europe and that`s why the prices are stable.Having another factory is not the solution and Prima has gone into other ventures like poultry to stay afloat.

  • 30 Dec 2007 04:44:57 GMT

    Most of wheat growing countries including Canada, US and Argentina used their excess wheat production to produce alcohol (ethanol) which can be used as a fuel. Already Canada and US mix ethonol with petrol (called biofuel), which is more environmnet friendy, and used for vehicle as a fuel. So wheat price will not come down unless crude oil price come down significantly in future. But OPEC countries will not allow their oil price come down and country like Sri lanka should not expect price drop of wheat in future. What they can do is to promote more substitute like maniyok, sweet potatoes and jack. I saw certain varieties of maniyok in North American and Asian super markets which can be kept more than 3 months without any problem. So agricultural researchers of Sri lanka must atleast try these post harvesting techniques so that farmers can produce substitutes for bread.